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Weekly summary

This week we focused on:

  • Health and safety and department policies
  • Room layout, laboratory routines and rules
  • The importance of behaviour management in the laboratory

Many of these aspects operate at the departmental level. During week two we shall begin to focus on creating the right climate and culture for learning in the practical classroom. This will extend the ideas of routines, behaviour management and start with a clear purpose to practical work in your science teaching.


Complete your reflection grid for this week. You can download the reflection grid template or copy a Google Doc version.

In the comments below, share one concept from this week that is new to you, and one area you would like to focus on next week as we look more closely at your classroom.

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Managing the Practical Classroom in Secondary School Science

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