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Celebrating Creativity in Geography Keith Grimwade Head of Cambridgeshire LA Advisory Service, Senior Vice President, Geographical Association.

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1 Celebrating Creativity in Geography Keith Grimwade Head of Cambridgeshire LA Advisory Service, Senior Vice President, Geographical Association

2 Creative geography What does it look like? How can we teach it? How can pupils learn creatively?

3 What do we mean by creativity? It is a pity that the notion of creativity in education has to be fought for... Thinking up fresh ideas is what teachers are paid for. Ted Wragg Teaching should be creative...

4 What do we mean by creativity? but is it? We know from HMI reports that there is a lot of creative geography being taught but that theres a lot of humdrum, unimaginative geography being taught, as well. So a few ideas to help ensure creativity in geography cant do any harm.

5 What do we mean by creativity? Imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both original and of value. All Our Futures, 1999 Lets apply this to geography.

6 What does it look like? geographical enquiry is tackled in innovative ways connections are made within and beyond the subject pupils explore and present their own personal meanings pupils appreciate how language and media can change meanings and messages big ideas are applied or reconceptualised (source: QCA, 2001)

7 How can we make this happen? Two examples: –Creative activity geography, art and design –Creative planning long, medium and short term

8 How can we teach it? STIMULUS RESPONSE ACTIVITY AUDIENCE DEBRIEF imagination activity purpose outcome based on ideas first shown to me by Chris Durbin

9 Activity Plan a lesson, or sequence of lessons, for one of these bog standard geographical topics: –your schools local area –the physical features of rivers –population change –the effects on the environment of using a resource

10 Your contact Keith Grimwade, Head of Cambridgeshire LA Advisory Service, Huntingdon PDC, Princes Street, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3PP. Tel:


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