Tag Archives: Science

The restless relationship between science and teaching

“Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those … Continue reading

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Does teaching style really matter?

In the debate between more traditional and progressive approaches to teaching, one of the factors that serves to polarise positions are the unfair stereotypes of teaching style. Those favouring direct instruction are frequently painted as promoting ‘Gradgrind’ style rote-learning – … Continue reading

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Knowledge vs Understanding

Subject knowledge has enjoyed a recent rehabilitation within education. Whilst there are groups ideologically opposed to teaching content (either on the grounds that it ‘stifles creativity’ or amounts to ‘indoctrination’), the simple fact that children and schools are typically assessed … Continue reading

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An evidence based teaching profession shouldn’t deal in absolutes

Really interesting blog article by James Richardson on the EEF website – where he makes a number of excellent points about evidence in education. An evidence based teaching profession shouldn’t deal in absolutes. Rarely will there be a definitive answer … Continue reading

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Teaching science using analogies: A worked example

Many aspects of science are difficult for students to learn because they relate to objects or processes we cannot (easily) see or compete with ‘common-sense’ theories (misconceptions) that children already possess. A recent study suggests that using analogies can help … Continue reading

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Earth: An animated map

A friend of mine sent me this – it shows current temperatures and wind currents across the globe. Other settings also show ocean currents and different map projections. It might be a nice resource for science or geography. Earth: An … Continue reading

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Assessment for learning: Misconceptions in Maths and Science

Misconceptions of scientific and mathematical concepts frequently prevent children from successfully learning some of the key ideas we teach in lessons. Whilst the student may ‘parrot’ back the correct answer at the end of the lesson, their ideas may not … Continue reading

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