How scenarios and using the nature and philosophy of science might help with challenging pupil questions... R D Hodges The problem Stepping into a science classroom can feel like stepping into a field filled with a beef herd – all the heads turn towards you as you speak, and you don’t know which step you … Continue reading Philosophy over Fear
In a recent online chat, we talked about classroom displays and spaces to inspire students. The range and quality of what was shared was staggering, so I've compiled some of the most impressive displays into this blog. Thank you to everyone who provided photos of displays and links to resources, which have no doubt taken … Continue reading Amazing Space, how sweet the sight
Games are a valuable tool the can help embed models, linking the domain of the observed/real to the domain of the unseen/theoretical. They break up a lesson, encourage participation and allow children to let off steam. Most of all, they are fun! But, which games work and which ones are best left in the box?
When I did my A levels we did not really look at the exam papers until the end. There was very little support for the students on ‘how to do’ exams. My teachers focused on what we should learn and then expected those who had learned the most, doing the best. I’m not sure I … Continue reading 5 columns of exam success
This is a remote access meeting Dear PST You are invited to attend a Science PST training, development and consultation meeting on Tuesday 10th December. This year, to enable people at a distance to participate, we are piloting a Skype for Business meeting. The process will be: Email me directly L.Hetherington@exeter.ac.uk from the email address … Continue reading Invitation to Science PST training, development and consultation meeting
One of the things I love about twitter is that there is some much great teaching buzzing about. Some lovely ideas and resources that I like to flag and come back to. The problem is I flag so many tweets on twitter that I can't ever find them again. So from the end of June, … Continue reading Resource round-up
I once worked in a old crumbling school in Sussex, which was next door to a site where they were building a new school. Yes, it was noisy, but not as noisy as having building work going on in the classroom above.
Thank you for your interest in writing for Better Science. I hope this guide is useful. You can tweet me and I'll set you up as an author. Then you can write your blog directly in wordpress. Or you can email over your word.doc. Plan your blog before you start writing Consider what you want … Continue reading Guide for Guest Bloggers
Back in November, I wrote about the maths lessons I ran when we had no power. I spoke about them at the MathsConf8 speed dating too, and found there was lots of interest in the idea.
It was about this time last year that I had to take part in The Big Timetable Meeting. This was the meeting where I successfully argued that there was no way that I was going to be able to deliver all that new subject content to the new cohort if I stuck to the old timetable. I needed … Continue reading What does it matter if students have less creative subjects in their timetable?