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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Hewett

MrsHumanities shares… The Top 10 Posts of 2017

I’m in that reflective mode, considering my experiences and challenges of 2017 that have made me a better person, teacher and friend.

But instead of boring you with my adventures through this year I thought you might like to be directed to the most popular posts on this year. I guess it’s the kind of post that shouts ‘here are all the best in posts in one place’.

This post explore the tools and techniques I use regularly that make up my marking and feedback toolkit. The techniques are tried and tested in my classroom and have taken me several years to reduce down to the most effective strategies. It took a lot of exploration and trial and error to work out what works best for me and my students and this post essentially summaries my go-to strategies.

This post provides what it says on the tin – a full scheme of work on map and atlas skills that are developed through the story of the spread of a zombie apocalypse. The resources have been downloaded far and wide and have even been translated into Welsh.

Since starting #Teacher5adayBuddyBox in February 2016, it has grown and grown. There are now over 1,300 participants, a number of schools have set up their own internal schemes and Surprise September has been a hit this year and last.

This post tells you more about the scheme and how you can get involved; although we do now have a designated site over at so pop over and take a look if you haven’t already.

In this post I’ve shared a scheme of work which helps to fill the gaps in student knowledge before they embark on GCSE Geography. In order to create the scheme of work and resources I carefully looked at the GCSE specifications and considered what the foundation knowledge would be in order for my students at the time to be ‘GCSE ready’ and set about creating lessons that would help to close the gaps before the end of year 9. I left that school at the end of the year so overall I’ve little idea how well it worked, but at the time it was doing the trick.

Despite being quite an old post from June 2015, it’s still a hit with visitors. In this post I’ve explored a variety of marking, feedback and DIRT strategies that I shared in a CPD session. The post provides 15 different strategies for providing feedback and DIRT; all of which I have tested, reflected on and kept or scrapped. It was through all the trial and error that I’ve been able to create what makes my M&F toolkit (see post #1).

This is a nice simple post that shares the simplest of resources – the Feedforward Book Look Record – as the name might suggest, it’s used for feeding back to my students after I’ve taken a look through their books. The post goes onto explain the record sheet is used and provides a link for you to download it.

One of my most recent posts, this post shares my GCSE structure sheet to support students in writing answers to 9 mark questions. Although suited to the AQA GCSE Geography specification, I imagine it has some use for other specifications. I’ve provided both a word and PDF version to allow for teachers to edit to suit their course and students.

If I’m honest this is one of my favourite resources, which I’ve never actually used myself. I created these for my last school to develop the CPD programme but then proceeded to leave before the next September came around. However I know they have been a hit in other schools, having received lots of feedback on them. I love that others have gone away and taken the idea and turned it into something that suits there context. Actually I’d love to do a post on the ways they’ve been used and adapted by others – so if you’ve used them get in touch. 

In this post I simple shared 10 great geography teachers worth following on Twitter. Simple.

When writing this post I was surprised to find that this post was slightly more popular than the ‘Resource – ACE Peer Assessment‘ one. Either way I’m pleased they are both being explored. The ACE and SpACE peer assessment technique has become one of my go-to strategies making up my M&F toolkit (see #1). It is now embedded with my classes and better still I’m seeing it being used by others in the school. The students have really benefited from it and many have said they find it useful which personally I think is great. I’ve also seen it used in other schools thanks to Twitter and seeing the variety of ways it has been implemented has been great and good for my own practice.

I hope this round-up gives you something new to take away or even just reminds you of something you may have forgotten.

Thanks for all the support this year, hope I’ve been able to inspire you in some way.

Have a great 2018.

Best wishes.

Mrs Humanities

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