4. Understanding students and their communities


4.1 Creatively link their sophisticated geographical understandings with the diverse and developing geographical understandings of their students.

Focus question:
  • What are the starting points, in your students’ lives, of which you are aware?
  • How do you demonstrate in your teaching that you ‘connect’ with your students and their communities?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this slide a student comments on the broadsheet (regional city of Geelong) and his understanding of what was in this resource. What is the student’s key point regarding the way in which his learning improved?

Sample 1 GEOG 01 [5. Slide 5]

(b) Backdrop:
In this sample the teacher, of a year 12 class, helps the students revise their understandings, extend their knowledge, and introduces some new skills. When the teacher walked around the room what specific skills was he using that connected with the students?

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1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum
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2. Fostering geographical inquiry and fieldwork
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3. Developing geographical thinking and communication
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4. Understanding students and their communities
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5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment

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6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices
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7. Planning, assessing and reporting

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8. Progressing professional growth and development

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9. Learning and working collegially

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