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A Chemical Orthodoxy

Schools, Science and Education

Niches and Knowledge

In 1135 a young Jew was born in Cordoba, Spain. His parents named him Moses, the son of Maimon. He spent much of his early years in transit, moving with his family from place to place, like many of his... Continue Reading →

We Need To Talk About Misconceptions

As people grow up, they gain knowledge of their surroundings. For example, if a child goes outside on a cold day, they will no doubt feel the sensation of cold all around them. However, when they touch something metal, it... Continue Reading →

Evolutionary Educational Psychology: A Summary

I've recently been looking into scientific misconceptions and by what processes they are acquired (e.g. "heavy things fall faster than light things"). I came across Nick Rose's excellent blog on the topic which I highly recommend. He references Geary's theory... Continue Reading →

Collective Responsibility, Not Collective Punishment

There is a tradition called "muck-up day." I don't know when it started, but it seems to have taken root in many schools. At a school I used to work at there was no such tradition until one year a... Continue Reading →

Chemistry SLOP work

UPDATE 27/06/2017 - Have now added covalent bonding, metals, groups (I teach them in that order) and a booklet for electrolysis. Probably the last ones I'll do for a while but there should now be booklets for all the major... Continue Reading →

The Impact of Impact: Research, Schools and the Chartered College

I was very 50/50 about whether or not to join the Chartered College. I'd read the blogs and watched the inevitable Twitter flame wars and wasn't convinced. But it was right at a time when I thought teacher professionalism was... Continue Reading →

#leftytrad

I've been on Twitter a while, but only been actively involved in the various "great education debates" over the last few months. I've learnt a lot and had many fantastic, constructive dialogues with people from all over the spectrum. Obviously... Continue Reading →

The Retrieval Roulette

A lot of people on Twitter have recently been talking about the importance of mini-quizzes and how they are carried out. I've been working on a little program to help me out with this and you're more than welcome to... Continue Reading →

Corbyn’s Class (Sizes) War

In the run up to the General Election I'm going to be writing a little bit about some of the Ed policies as they come out. It's mostly for my Facebook friends (who are generally conservative) so not aimed at... Continue Reading →

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