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geography.org.ukWhat makes a geography lesson good?Margaret RobertsBased on a lecture given at the 2011 GA Annual ConferenceIntroductionDuring the last 30 years I have had the privilege of observing many geography lessons, both in my role asPGCE tutor at the University of Sheffield and as External Examiner for geography PGCE courses.Inevitably, whether guided by external criteria or not,I have made my own professional judgementsabout what I thought about the lesson, whether it was good or not.When I gave the lecture on 'what makes a geography lesson good?' at the 2011 GA Annual Conference,someone commented that I should have talkedabout was what would make a lesson 'outstanding', usingOfsted terminology. The point of the lecture, however, was to present a viewpoint which focused on amore holistic professional judgement of a lesson, rather than checking it against any externalterminology or lists of standards.Standards for QTSI am arguing for a more holistic viewpoint because I am conce...