Is there an Alternative to the Flight Path Method of Recording Student Progress?

I've always had a bit of a problem with the Flight Path model of recording and reporting student progress in Science. This model has various forms as shown here but they are all based on the idea that a student joins a secondary school in Year 7 with a Key Stage 2 score in English … Continue reading Is there an Alternative to the Flight Path Method of Recording Student Progress?

Energy Stores and Energy Transfer Pathways

The idea of energy and the suggestions of how to teach energy in school Physics lessons has changed recently. Rather than thinking of energy as a "thing", teachers are now being encouraged by the exam boards and the Institute of Physics (http://www.iop.org) to talk about energy stores and energy transfer pathways. One of the suggestions … Continue reading Energy Stores and Energy Transfer Pathways

The most popular Exam Revision technique is also the worst.

As a parent and a teacher, I often have the chance to ask students what they do to revise for an exam. By far the most common response is something like "I just read through my notes/textbook/revision guide until I remember it all". However, when you watch somebody actually using this method you realise that … Continue reading The most popular Exam Revision technique is also the worst.

Who is Dr Plutonium of Plutonium Science?

I'm a Science Teacher in a UK Secondary School. I want to help as many people as possible gain some great GCSE and A Level exam results. So I'll do this by providing some amazing Teaching and Revision resources, some fantastic tips and advice and some reviews of some of the best resources the internet … Continue reading Who is Dr Plutonium of Plutonium Science?