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.
Over the past few years I have become increasingly convinced that a major aim for science education is to help students to acquire an understanding of the big ideas of science.
the science teacher website provides free access to teaching resources that have been developed to help students develop meaning in science. My approach is to create challenging activities that require students to think hard about the ‘right things’ so they develop a deep conceptual understanding. Challenge motivates students, allowing them to feel a sense of competence when they succeed, but it is also be 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. If you would like to share your own science teaching resource please get in touch, and please, if you find errors let me know!
I hope these resources and ideas are useful, thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas and activities over the years – go forth and challenge!
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