CogSciSci Book review: Greg Ashman’s The Power of Explicit Teaching and Direct Instruction

A book review by Matt Ben David a science teacher from London. Greg Ashman’s The Power of Explicit Teaching and Direct Instruction is a 134-page, no-holds-barred, whistle-stop tour of, well, explicit teaching and direct instruction. The book starts by addressing both the importance of, and the main objections to a knowledge-rich curriculum before moving intoContinue reading “CogSciSci Book review: Greg Ashman’s The Power of Explicit Teaching and Direct Instruction”

CogSciSci Book review: How We Learn: The New Science of Education and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene

A book review by Dom Shibli – Senior Lecturer in Secondary Science at the University of Hertfordshire This is a book I read a few months ago. But instead of being returned to the bookshelf for me to look at and reminisce, it is now inundated with Post it notes and used to inform planningContinue reading “CogSciSci Book review: How We Learn: The New Science of Education and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene”

HoDSciSci March Roundtable: Teacher Assessed Grades

March brings us to the elephant in the room of most HoDs minds: Teacher Assessed Grades. As it stands there is still woefully little specificity and guidance from The Powers That Be. We thought the best we could do is get a few HoDs to share their thoughts and plans for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs).Continue reading “HoDSciSci March Roundtable: Teacher Assessed Grades”

HoDSciSci February Roundtable: Remote Assessment

We have interviewed a couple of HoDs regarding how they are using remote assessment. While the UK has only a week or so of remote teaching in front of us we are very aware that there are many HoDs working internationally, so this might be of help. As always a big thank you to theContinue reading “HoDSciSci February Roundtable: Remote Assessment”

HoDSciSci January Roundtable: The Quality Assurance of Remote Learning.

We kick off the first HoDSciSci post with a remote learning roundtable. Here a few willing HoDs have answered questions focussed on the quality assurance of remote learning.   In today’s post we have Darren Walkerdine, Ryan Badham, Nik Rorke and Chris Smith. All four have their students learning via live lessons, which appears to beContinue reading “HoDSciSci January Roundtable: The Quality Assurance of Remote Learning.”

CogSciSci Book Review: Motivated Teaching by Peps Mccrea

Reviewed by Jo Castelino Have you ever told your classes that focussing more in lessons will help them do better? If you have, you probably had a few students nod their heads or the majority listen seemingly attentively to every word you’ve uttered. Why then does this alone not work? Why is it so easyContinue reading “CogSciSci Book Review: Motivated Teaching by Peps Mccrea”

Curriculum Broader Themes: Developing Department Discourse in Science – A Model For Better CPD

Ruth Ashbee presents a model for departmental CPD that moves beyond “the session”. 00:00 Welcome and outline 00:30 Context 03:21 Three principles of CPD 06:06 Curriculum or pedagogy 07:28 Beyond “the session” 11:24 Theme 1: How we teach X 13:46 Theme 2: Getting to grips with X 15:06 Theme 3: 3-point discussion 16:17 Outcomes 19:45Continue reading “Curriculum Broader Themes: Developing Department Discourse in Science – A Model For Better CPD”

Curriculum Soapbox: Electrolysis

Helen Skelton discusses the topic of electrolysis and demonstrates her approach to teaching it. 00:00 Welcome and introductions 01:20 Why electrolysis? 03:37 Firm foundations – prior knowledge 08:30 Sequencing 18:03 Ways of seeing – Johnstone’s triangle 23:05 Instruction and SLOP 25:40 Copper chloride electrolysis example 35:57 Practical work 43:28 Summary You might find the followingContinue reading “Curriculum Soapbox: Electrolysis”

Curriculum Chats: Structure and Bonding

Niki Kaiser, Elizabeth Mountstevens, Michael Adenekan and Adam Robbins get together to discuss their approaches to the topic of structure and bonding. 00:00 Welcome and introductions 01:25 What do students find most difficult about structure and bonding? 08:55 What do you do to address student misconceptions about structure and bonding? 17:09 What misconceptions do teachersContinue reading “Curriculum Chats: Structure and Bonding”

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