Multicourse teaching in Scotland: more is less

Posted by: Bill Beveridge
Date: 19th May 2016

In a large city school in Scotland, a chemistry teacher nervously awaits the arrival of her next class. Helen (not her real name) is very aware the stakes are high for the Higher Chemistry students in her class – the grades they secure will prove critical in determining whether they can secure entry to university.

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CPD for EiC – your views count

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Posted by: Karen J Ogilvie
Date: 17th May 2016

We talk a lot at Education in Chemistry about CPD – how you can learn about current best practice and apply it in your own teaching. Well, we need CPD, too.

To effectively support your chemistry teaching, we need to keep up to date, not just in chemistry education but in publishing methods that ensure we give you the content you really need, in a way you find useful.

To do this, we’re asking for your help. We need to hear your opinions about what EiC means to you.

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The education of Harry Kroto

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Posted by: Kristy Turner
Date: 10th May 2016

Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel prize-winning discoverer of buckminsterfullerene (C60) and inspiring science communicator, died last week.

Sir Harry was an outspoken member of the chemistry research community, but he was also a passionate supporter of high quality science education. He famously returned two honorary degrees in protest at the cutbacks and closure of university chemistry departments. 

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What is A-level like for a student?

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Posted by: Kristy Turner
Date: 21st April 2016

I recently took some time out of the teaching scheme to play with the recent Chemistry World interactive on public attitudes to chemistry with my classes. Afterwards, I wanted to find out more about what my older students think about A-level chemistry. 

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Technically speaking

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Posted by: Paul Cook
Date: 13th April 2016

Technicians play a vital role within the science community, especially in education, where they promote the role of practical science.

For many years, school technicians have been left in the shadows, with many confined to the prep room with no involvement in classes or with students. There is often a misunderstanding of the complexity of the role and the breadth of knowledge required to be a good technician. 

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What makes a good teaching resource?

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Posted by: Stephen Hessey
Date: 11th April 2016

Searching Google for teaching resources returns a staggering number of results. But how do you know which of those resources are any good? How do you know which will actually save you time, and make your teaching more effective?

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Lecture capture

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Posted by: Katherine Haxton
Date: 31st March 2016

Campus-wide lecture capture technology – a way to record lectures – is a major investment for universities, but is hugely popular among students.

I started recording my lectures seven years ago with a digital voice recorder with lapel microphone and distributed the MP3 file. Students found this format challenging as it was not clear how the audio linked to my lecture slides. I then started to use Camtasia on a tablet PC to record the slides and annotations I made. I continued to capture the audio using the digital voice recorder.

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I’m going to stop assigning past paper questions

Posted by: Tom Husband
Date: 23rd March 2016

When I did my PGCE it was drilled into me that I should use past paper questions as much as possible with exam classes. It was billed as the ideal assessment for learning strategy in GCSE and A-level classes, enabling the teacher to gauge progress, while showing students what to expect in exams. This greatly influenced my teaching, but I have started to have misgivings.

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Posted by: Kristy Turner
Date: 21st March 2016

This week I have been starting chemistry conversations with my classes using the Chemistry World interactive, developed using results from the recent RSC public attitudes to chemistry survey. 

I have conversations about chemistry every day of my working life, teaching students from age 11 through to adults. However, teachers very rarely pause to find out what our pupils conjure up in their minds when we say the word 'chemistry'. 

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My favourite demo

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Posted by: David Sait
Date: 9th March 2016

Next Thursday is Demo Day, the day in British Science Week when teachers across the UK pledge to perform science demonstrations to excite and inspire their students.

We asked teachers what their favourite chemistry demo is. What's yours?

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