I was first hooked on science by an inspirational biology teacher at school. Since then I have loved exploring and getting to grips with scientific ideas and enjoy sharing this passion with students and teachers.
the science teacher provides free access to teaching resources that I developed whilst teaching to help students develop meaning in science. My approach was to create challenging activities that required students to think hard about the ‘right things’ so they could develop a deep conceptual understanding of the big ideas of science. Challenge motivates students, allowing them to feel a sense of competence when they succeed, but it is also a powerful way to find out what students don’t understand and so guides next steps in the classroom. Challenge can also inhibit learning so tread carefully – ideas from cognitive science can be useful here in knowing when and when not to challenge.
Activities on the science teacher can be found here. There are also pages to support pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. As of September 2020 new content is no longer being added, but the website will remain available for teachers to access content already uploaded.
I hope these resources and ideas are useful and if you’ve enjoyed this website, you may want to read my book ‘Powerful Ideas of Science and How to Teach Them‘.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas and activities over the years – go forth and challenge!
Founder, the science teacher
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