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A Chemical Orthodoxy

Schools, Science and Education

Monbiot rant

Below is an unmitigated rant that I wrote on Facebook in response to George Monbiot's Guardian article. It isn't they type of thing that I would usually use this blog for so if you're looking for calm and reasoned analysis... Continue Reading →

Exam Technique: Is That a Thing?

No. Well, probably not. Presumably it depends on how you define "exam technique". In my experience people generally use it to refer to an ability to work out exactly what an exam-style question wants from you and be able to... Continue Reading →

It is “unacceptable” that schools aren’t doing more practical work! Really?

The Wellcome Trust recently published a large scale survey into science practicals at schools in the UK. There is a lot that I found objectionable in the report (which looks like it has a solid methodology though I am no... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Organisers: Talmud Style

I come from a faith which holds study as one of its highest values. For over two thousand years, Jews across the world have been studying Judaism's holiest texts: the Tenach (Hebrew Bible), the Mishna, theĀ Talmud and thousands of other... Continue Reading →

Useful bits and pieces

hereBelow is a list of things I have read and found interesting and have helped me develop as a teacher. I've been collecting them over the last year or so and tried desperately to keep them in order. This is... Continue Reading →

What’s the most important part of a lesson?

I remember on my PGCE being presented with the following quote on a lecture slide: "Students learn more in the last 5 minutes of lesson than they did in the first 55" It was from some educationalist who I had... Continue Reading →

Teach it again!

This is one for the scientists.. I haven't been teaching long. But any chemistry teacher worth their salt has taught GCSE bonding a shed load of times. The first time I was observed by my University tutor during my PGCE... Continue Reading →

Science Knowledge Organisers

All the cool kids seem to be making knowledge organisers. So I thought I would have a crack at making one myself. The idea for knowledge organisers started with Joe Kirby's blog on the topic (Olivia Dyer's science ones can... Continue Reading →

Tales from the history of science: Magic Mercury

I like to tell my students stories from the history of science. Not because they mysteriously boost student engagement. Not even because stories are "psychologically privileged" and might lead to greater retention. I tell them simply because I, presumably like... Continue Reading →

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