About Me

Wife, Mummy, Family girl, Geographer, Teacher, Learner, Dog lover. @GeoDebs .

Currently I am blessed to be a stay home mummy for a couple of years with our lovely baby girl, while working on Geography textbooks and consultancy work. Previously I was Assistant Head Teacher for Teaching & Learning, and responsible for Raising KS3 Progress, and Humanities. I have been a Head of Geography and teacher for ten years, and had the benefit of working with some amazing and inspirational colleagues over the years whom I have stolen many ideas from!

I am a Google Certified Teacher & Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award winner, part of the Global Learning Programme and Prince’s Teaching Institute lead teacher. In 2016 I was amazed to be awarded the Ordnance Survey Award by the RGS for Geographical Teaching. I am a Fellow of the RGS and Chartered Geography Teacher. I also am pleased to be part of the Chartered College of Teaching.

I have been blessed to work with Hodder for the OCR Geography GCSE textbooks for the 2016 curriculum, also for the 2018 Progress in Geography KS3 textbook. I have contributed to and written for various Geography magazines such as GeoActive over the years.

I love a good teachmeet and was influential in the creation of TMPompey, TMRGS, and the Geography Association TM and Weald of Kent Geography TM. I learn so much from others through these, as well as having to up my game if presenting myself! I contribute to #TeamGeography, #GeogChat and #ukedchat through blogging or twitter. We all stand on the shoulders of others and networking is so beneficial to our practice.

This blog is a place to think and to keep a record of what I get up to.  It will often be rambling, and I apologise for moments of fluffiness and randomness.

These are my own views.

3 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Jo, great blog, please could you send me a copy of your literacy power point. I could not download it from slide share, thanks

  2. Hello,

    We’re trying to spread the word about the World’s Largest Lesson and wondered if you could help us. It’s for teachers across the world and it’s part of Project Everyone, which has been set up by Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis to support the upcoming sustainable development goals. We’re hoping to collect lesson plans from teachers geared towards teaching children about the goals – whether it’s an individual topic, like the fight against climate change or poverty or all of the goals. The competition closes in just over a week then the plans can be reviewed by teachers to select their favourite, which will then hopefully be taught in schools across the world in September. It’s a bit of a mighty plan and we’d really like your help!

    Press release:

    Teachers across the world called to create the World’s Largest Lesson

    Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    For the first time in history, schools across the world will join together at the end of September to deliver The World’s Largest Lesson; educating students about the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using resources co-created by teachers and education specialists.

    The World’s Largest Lesson, delivered in partnership with UNICEF and with the support of TES Global and Education International (EI), is part of the Project Everyone initiative led by the campaigner Richard Curtis. The initiative aims to communicate the SDGs, after they have been announced by the Secretary General of the UN in September, to seven billion people in seven days.

    Calling on the expertise of teachers to develop these resources, Project Everyone has launched a competition that invites teachers to submit exciting lesson plan ideas to a special area of the TES website. The winning lesson ideas will be those that are most highly rated by other teachers. Winners will have their lesson plans published as a global set of learning resources on The World’s Largest Lesson website, to enable teachers to craft a relevant lesson on the SDGs for the children that they teach. A winning teacher will be invited, along with their school, to take part in a filmed lesson event with a visiting celebrity.

    “The World’s Largest Lesson will be the biggest collaborative education project the world has ever seen,” said Richard Curtis. “By working in association with TES and Education International, Project Everyone are drawing on the unique creativity that the teaching community have in building understanding of difficult issues amongst children. This will be an opportunity for teachers to become recognised for their outstanding talent and indispensable expertise on a worldwide scale.”

    All lessons will be supported by a short animated film (with an audio equivalent) by Sir Ken Robinson which will explain why the goals exist. It will convey the idea that everyone on the planet is part of a wider team and that the new SDGs are essentially a ‘to-do’ list for the planet, created and to be achieved through teamwork across all countries.
    For more information on The World’s Largest Lesson, or to find out how to get involved, please visit http://www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson. Teachers are invited to submit lesson plans by the competition closing date of April 17. Lesson plans can then be peer rated and reviewed until May 1.

    ~ Ends ~

    Notes to editors:
    For further information about the World’s Largest Lesson please contact:
    Alison Bellwood, Project Everyone, Portobello Studios, 138 Portobello Road, W11 2DZ, alisonb@portobellostudios.co.uk, 0207 221 9434

    Press enquiries:

    Mango Marketing
    Ruby Haider-Smith / Alex Maher
    T: +44 (0) 1932 829 077
    E: Ruby.Haider-Smith@mangomarketing.com

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