My name is Adam Boxer and I teach chemistry at a (great) school in North London. Obviously my views are my own, and I doubt anybody else would want to claim them anyway.

Over the last six months I’ve been bathing in the waters of research-based education. I consider myself a Neo-Traditionalist Educational Minimalist (not a thing – blog to follow) and have been hugely influenced by Daniel Willingham, Paul Kirschner, David Didau, Tom Bennett, Greg Ashman and the Michaela team (see all the things that have influenced me here).

I’m particularly interested in our teaching orthodoxies – the things we just assume are “the right way to do things” or “good practice.” As well as my scientific training, I take my Orthodox Judaism seriously, and was raised in a culture of questioning, scepticism and deep, probing thought. Though I believe that the quality of that thought will depend on my knowledge of the thing I am thinking about, the disposition and attitude of question and challenge are very important to me.

This blog is an opportunity for me to get my thoughts onto paper. If no one reads it then so be it. I don’t think I have a huge amount to actually add to the debate but hey, why not?