Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model
Jul04

Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model

Here’s a quick idea for making a model of the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies. Other cookies might work too, but the combination of black biscuit and white cream makes this work really well. Carefully remove the top of each of the cookies to reveal the cream layer. You can then scrape away the cream to show the different moon phases. Place them in a circle, then annotate with labels to explain the different phases. Like...

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Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups
Jun03

Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups

Here’s a quick idea for teaching food chains with stackable cups. I posted this over on Facebook last week and it got an amazing response, plus lots of questions. So I thought I’d explain the idea a little more here. The basic idea is that you can stick/draw images of animals and plants onto stackable cups, plus write the name around the edge. Then stack them to show the food chain building up. In the example video, I used...

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Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online
Jun02

Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online

We all need to be criticial of the things we read on the internet. There is a big problem in knowing what you can trust, with  so much material that is either unintentionally wrong or deliberately designed to minsinform. This can be a minefield for children (and adults). To help teachers address this, Childnet has created a resource designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. The ‘Trust Me‘ resource...

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6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers
Feb09

6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers

My experience with teaching on Primary PGCE courses has made me very aware of how few primary ITT students arrive with a science background. For many the last experience they had of science was during their GCSE’s. Not many come with Science A levels, and if they do it’s usually Biology, rather than Chemistry or Physics. If this sounds like you, then do not despair. There’s lots of places online that can help with getting your science...

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Teaching Science Blog Revamped
Jun10

Teaching Science Blog Revamped

So for those who don’t know about it, I run a sister blog to this one, called Teaching Science, It was initially aimed at the student teachers I work with, but it grew to just be a general science teaching blog. Well anyway, it had a bit of a revamp today. It needed a bit of TLC – so it now has a new logo and new site template that users of this blog might find familiar! I want to get more practical ideas and advice for...

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An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers
Feb19

An Introduction to TPACK for Teachers

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by a teacher for effective teaching using technology. Shulman (1986) first introduced the idea of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) as a way of thinking about the development of teacher knowledge. This idea was extended by Mishra & Koehler (2006) to describe teachers’ integration of technology into their...

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Marks and Spencer Education Resources
Apr30

Marks and Spencer Education Resources

The Marks & Spencer Company Archive has just launched a new online learning resource for UK schools to make elements of the company’s collection of over 70,000 historical objects, photos and documents accessible to students and teachers for the first time. In partnership with My Learning, the M&S Company Archive eLearning Hub will be available to schools and educational establishments free of charge. These themed classroom...

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Science and Maths Videos from Brightstorm
Aug15

Science and Maths Videos from Brightstorm

Brightstorm is a beta site which hosts a large number of Science and Maths videos. There are over 2500 videos on the site covering many different aspects of High School Science and maths. From what I can see, the videos consist of teachers giving lecture-style presentations with occasional graphics. This makes them good for revision, although they may not be the most eye-catching or exciting videos. Each video comes with an...

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Men In Primary – update
Feb08

Men In Primary – update

Back in October, I wrote about an initiative that was trying to attract more men into becoming primary school teachers. This involved the production of three films celebrating and promoting Men in Primary Schools. The films were shown at several events in London last year. If you are interested, those films are now available online on YouTube. You can view them here....

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Keys and Classification with Finger Puppets
Feb06

Keys and Classification with Finger Puppets

I spoke about this at yesterday’s Teachmeet East conference at UEA in Norwich. Here’s a simple idea for using fingerpuppets in Primary science to teach about keys and classification. To do this I use simple fingerpuppets. I got several sets of these from Ikea a few years back. I’m not sure if they still sell the exact puppets any more, but any animal puppets would do. At a pinch you could always use photographs of...

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Support for Men in Primary Teaching
Oct11

Support for Men in Primary Teaching

This isn’t Whiteboard, or even ICT -related, but seems like an interesting project. As someone involved in primary school teacher training I’m quite aware of the lack of male primary school teachers. On my current course there are 23 female to 2 male trainees. I received information about this project today and wanted to pass it on to help promote it. The TDA have recently supported the production of three films...

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10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard
Feb11

10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard

Engaging students in some classroom topics can be difficult. But with the help of your interactive whiteboard you can get and keep your students interested in what you are trying to teach them. Here are 10 especially cool whiteboard resources for grades K-12. Stellarium – This free planetarium software is perfect for astronomy lessons. Stellarium displays a realistic 3D sky, complete with planets, major moons, more than 600,000...

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