I’ve been part of a few Twitter discussions about bonds and energy. Several people have made insightful observations that have really pushed everyone’s thinking. It is brilliant when a bunch of science teachers get together and really wrestle with the potential conflict between accurate models in science, and how to make these conceptually difficult ideas […]Read More Bondage
If you haven’t read this fascinating paper by @mikehobbiss @DrSamSims and @profbeckyallen, then stop wasting your time here and go and read that instead. This is just an anecdote about forgetting my lunch. When I was nineteen, I lived and worked at Benmore Outdoor Education Centre. Back then it was a straightforward local authority outdoor […]Read More Habit formation limits lunch
My Y6 son is in the next room, working away at an Oak National Academy English lesson. He’s dressed today, so that’s at least a small improvement on yesterday, when I realised he was still in his pyjamas as I set him his work schedule for the day. This seems like a good moment to […]Read More Remote Learning: A parent perspective
Interesting tweet from @griff2742 My main thought on this is “proceed with caution”. There is certainly evidence supporting interleaving, but I’m not at all convinced that evidence supports re-designing a science curriculum in a way that breaks up topics more than we already do. However, I do think it indicates we should build in regular […]Read More Interleaving the Science Curriculum?
Curriculum development is a bit like the Briggs-Rauscher reaction: back and forth, to and fro, back and forth, to and fro… For various reasons, we need to reconsider the “how to teach chemistry” we include in the @SotonEd PGCE Secondary Science programme. The majority of our partnership schools are 11-16, so our trainee teachers typically […]Read More Reviewing the chemistry curriculum – wisdom of crowds
School Science is stuffed full of declarative knowledge, which comes in lots of different forms and has to be applied in lots of different ways. I think this makes it hard to teach well. I’ve written about the basic approach I share with the trainee teachers at the University of Southampton in a couple of […]Read More Teaching Procedural Knowledge
A very long time ago, in a school far, far away (well, a fair way along the A27), I did a TeachMeet presentation on using Venn diagrams and another categorisation exercise. The rough transcript is here, but I’ve just found this list of things in KS3 and the GCSE specifications, that I meant to post […]Read More Venn and the Art of Categorisation
I love teaching science, but I think it’s a hard subject to teach well. Of course it’s easy to see the challenges in your own area of expertise and gloss over the ones in other subjects but science has a lot of content – a lot of declarative knowledge – and lots of different ways […]Read More Teaching Declarative Knowledge: Part 2
I love teaching science, but I think it’s a hard subject to teach well. Of course it’s easy to see the challenges in your own area of expertise and gloss over the ones in other subjects but science has a lot of content – a lot of declarative knowledge – and lots of different ways […]Read More Teaching Declarative Knowledge: Part 1
I can’t help but think I’ve had several lucky breaks in my career. By rights, I shouldn’t really have the immense privilege of leading the PGCE Secondary Science programmes at the University of Southampton. There should have been a queue round the block for my job when I first became an ITE tutor. If there […]Read More Best job in the world?