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Our ‘Collablog’ – a collaborative blog on teaching over lockdown 2021.

Here are some tips about using apps and sites is really good at diagnostic questions, to unpick some of the misconceptions and pre-concepts that pupils have. You can make your own and use prepared ones – its a bit maths biased though. Nearpod and Desmos are fantastic for making interactive activities (gap fills, graphs, … Continue reading Our ‘Collablog’ – a collaborative blog on teaching over lockdown 2021.

Questions at interview

What is your second favourite reptile? Ralph age 9 This is my favourite question this year, but they won’t ask you this sort of thing at interview! If you are practicing your interview technique, set it up on zoom, and record it. Get someone to choose the number of questions in the titles (5-6 in … Continue reading Questions at interview

MFL – Meeting the standards

Meeting the Teachers’ Standards – MFL  Standard 1 Watch this video clip from Teachers’ TV about raising expectations. Make notes about the key strategies used.  Read the blog post below and make a list of 8-10 key ‘take aways’ Read the 2018 Sutton Trust report ‘Potential for success’ and write a 600-word summary of the main points … Continue reading MFL – Meeting the standards

Getting more out of research

If you ask a teacher how they evolve their classroom practice, you’re likely to receive an enormous range of answers. There’s no shortage of sources for inspiration: School colleagues, Twitter, CPD courses, and INSET days, to name just a few. One source is likely to be conspicuous in its absence. Educational research, and in particular, … Continue reading Getting more out of research

Philosophy over Fear

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

Amazing Space, how sweet the sight

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 in science lessons

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?

5 columns of exam success

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

Invitation to Science PST training, development and consultation meeting

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 from the email address … Continue reading Invitation to Science PST training, development and consultation meeting

Resource round-up

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

Power cut cook book – Technology free lessons

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.

Guide for Guest Bloggers

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

Now that is a great question

In this blog, I want to share some of the great adaptations I’ve seen for maths questions. This was the theme for my session at a recent conference, where I tried to squeeze as many adaptations into the session as possible, like an over-enthusiastic smoothie maker! Up front I need to say, these are things … Continue reading Now that is a great question

should we set pupils in year 7?

Most schools set their students in or around Year 7 but there is still a large number of teachers who choose not to, some of whom are quite vocal on their reasoning. See mixed attainment maths, for example. We discussed it in a recent #mathschat too, when we looked at plans for next year’s Year 7. … Continue reading should we set pupils in year 7?

Learning formula just takes a bucket.

I’ve written a lot about great teaching ideas or great assessment ideas that I’ve seen in action when visiting school and teachers. This term I have been visiting my training teachers in their placement schools and stumbled across a fantastic idea for teaching formulae. Allow me to introduce the formula bucket. Trainee teachers have both the benefit and … Continue reading Learning formula just takes a bucket.

Helping pupils get stuck

I first saw the ‘head, heart, hand’ approach used when I was a student. At the time it was mostly used in relation to developing ecoliteracy and to encourage people


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