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Advice from Uncle Ben

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,544 views

“With great power… comes great responsibility.” - misquote from Ben Parker, Marvel Comics. Background I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to follow up the recent dispute about Michael Gove’s comments about history teaching. This was spurred by…

The evidence based teaching bandwagon

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 8,823 views

Evidence-based practice in education is getting more and more attention recently. Projects like #SciTeachJC have been part of this, but I think there’s a general movement towards wanting to base what we do on facts rather than wishful thinking. The problem is…

Human rights for children

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 12,078 views

So, I had this idea. If you read this blog at all regularly, you’ll know that I consider @alomshaha a friend. As well as writing, making films and teaching science, he should be credited with getting me on to Twitter two years…

Ofqual’s absolute error

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM 2,435 views

In science lessons we teach students about the two main categories of error when taking readings. (And yes, I know that it’s a little more complicated than that.) We teach about random and systematic error. Random errors are the ones due…