As I am studying to become a teacher, I have to learn all the subjects and how to teach them. That means that every Thursday for a while I have an entire day of doing one subject and today was geography's turn.
We began with an hour of being taught to, starting off with a dot to dot of countries. We learnt about fieldwork and the idea that it’s really important to help a child learn geography properly. I would imagine most of my readers have a negative view of geography and that’s probably because it’s often been taught really badly. But I am going to teach it well!
The main idea of the day is that we went into town and did some fieldwork. It was quite nice to be in a seminar yet having freedom to go where we wanted. Our choice of project for the day was to go round all the supermarket’s and find out where various items of fruit had come from. You get a fair few odd looks when you’re wandering round a supermarket, picking up fruit and then noting something down.
After some time of doing this and after failing to find one particular shop we returned to campus where I used a tool online to work out how far away each item of fruit had come and made a few graphs. You can never go wrong with a few graphs. We then had to put it all together in the form of a blog and I do believe I was at an advantage here. We did it between us pretty quickly and became the first group to have finished. You can check out the lovely little blog, our amazing work of the day, here.
All in all it was a fun day working with some good friends. We had an excellent laugh and I feel quite enthusiastic about teaching geography as well. It’s almost a shame that geography was first as the other subject days are going to have to be really good to top today.
It was of course rock and roll bingo at the local pub as per usual tonight and after a long losing streak I finally got a line and won £5. This is always pleasing it meant I only spent a few pound last night. Few days of seminars are as good as this one.