Forget the mind-boggling nature of the universe, just the Solar System is almost unimaginably huge and unimaginably empty. No textbook image or poster on a classroom wall can even begin to capture this. Surely, an awareness of the minuteness of our existence in the immensity and eternity of the cosmos, is a cultural entitlement, a […]Read More Modelling the solar system
I’d like to acknowledge Ben Arscott’s (2018) article in Impact, as the inspiration for the structure of this blog post, which is part of the Curriculum In Science symposium. Part one of the series is by Adam Boxer. Part two is by Ruth Walker: language of curriculum Part three is by Gethyn Jones: designing curriculum […]Read More Designing a new SKE curriculum
Retention of early-career teachers is a big issue for the education system in the UK. There is evidence that early-career science teachers are particularly vulnerable (Allen & Sims 2017). A number of factors affect teacher retention across all subjects but it is less clear why early-career science teachers are more at risk than teachers of […]Read More Do we know anything about the impact of subject knowledge on retention of early-career science teachers?
Developing the new @SotonEd Subject Knowledge Enhancement course has led to a renewed collation of teaching resources. The Energy unit is a distance-learning component, so trainee teachers will access these resources, with a little bit of written introduction and some instructions. They will then use the resources and complete tasks before receiving online feedback from […]Read More Energy Teaching Resources for SKE
This post is based on my presentation at the Durrington High School Teach Meet #DHSTM16. It was the best TeachMeet that I’ve attended so far. Massive thanks to @shaun_allison and everyone else involved. Do follow the DHS Class Teaching blog. Although I now work on the PGCE courses at the University of Southampton, I used […]Read More Venn and the Art of Categorisation Maintenance
The approach to teaching energy has been a hot topic in physics for a while now. The long-established approach has been to list different types of energy and then to think of physical processes as involving transformation of energy from one form to another. Although it’s not inherent to this way of thinking, it’s quite […]Read More A Potentially Different Approach
An object will remain stationary or continue to move at a steady speed in a straight line unless there is an unbalanced force. An object will remain stationary or continue to move at a steady speed in a straight line unless an unbalanced force acts on it. An object will remain stationary or continue to […]Read More Unbalanced or Resultant?