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Reflecting on your professional development

Well done for reaching the final part of the course, where you’ll review your learning and record your professional development. This step focuses on your reflection grids and revisits your …

Science capital in curriculum design

“It can be useful to think of science capital as a bag you carry throughout life that contains all your science-related knowledge (what you know), attitudes (what you think), experiences …

Continuing your professional development

We finish this course with relevant next steps for your professional development and additional resources. The final activity invites you to share your action plan, setting yourself achievable next steps …

Q&A session with course educator

On all courses from STEM Learning we provide a question and answer (Q&A) session. This is your opportunity to discuss your understanding of the course content, ask a question about …

Bringing your scheme of learning together

Over the last three weeks you have looked at how curriculum design is informed by: Decisions about how a scheme of learning can be structured and what should be in …

Extended writing

In an English or history lesson, a student may produce a grammatically correct piece of writing, but when asked to write a scientific investigation or explanation, they seem to forget …

Teaching mathematical skills

As we discussed in step 3.6, some teachers may lack the confidence to effectively deliver mathematically focused learning objectives, or the strategies to teach students how to select and apply …

A range of literacy skills

There are range of literacy skills which students will need to draw on in order to be successful learners in science, such as information retrieval from books and the internet, …

Working with the maths department

Planning schemes of learning collaboratively between mathematics and science department can be exceptionally useful to both teams of teachers, and result in a more coordinated approach. Here are some strategies …

A shared terminology

A coordinated approach with the maths department will take time, but it’s important to choose somewhere to start, break the task down into manageable chunks and to have a reasonable …

Practical work as an assessment tool

Looking further now at varied assessment activities, and in particular the advantages of teaching science as a practical subject, practical work has a key role in formative assessment. Practical activities …

Difficulties with maths in science

In this section of the course we will consider the links between subjects when designing schemes of learning for science. It’s well known among science teachers that students find it …

Using diagnostic questions

The video above is an extract from our Introducing Assessment for Learning online course. One of the key concepts from that course is diagnostic questioning. The example in the video …