Managing the Practical Classroom in Secondary School Science

Discover how to create a safe and supportive classroom to maximise your students’ learning in practical science.

Managing the Practical Classroom in Secondary School Science

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Learn how to maximise learning through practical science in the classroom

On this course, you’ll learn strategies for managing the practical classroom in science.

From managing behaviour and fostering positive attitudes to implementing departmental processes and working with colleagues, you’ll explore all aspects of practical activities in the school or college laboratory.

You’ll consider classroom layouts as well as the use of practical work to maximise learning.

You’ll also discover how to create the right climate for collaborative learning and how to simplify more complex practical work using micro-scale setups or integrated instructions.

What topics will you cover?

  • Departmental processes for practical work, including behaviour management and health and safety.
  • Room layouts and working in school and college laboratory settings.
  • Creating a climate for learning in practical science.
  • Maximising learning through practical work.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Reflect upon your current laboratory management and identify areas for development.
  • Develop your toolkit of strategies and techniques to manage students safely in the laboratory.
  • Develop a practical learning environment that facilitates independent learning and resilience.
  • Design practical lessons to maximise student learning through practical science.

Who is the course for?

This online professional development course is designed for teachers of science subjects to students aged 11-19 years.

This may include newly qualified, recently qualified and experienced teachers of science who don’t have a science background.

Teaching assistants and technicians may also find this course useful to consider the wider context in which practical science is taught.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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