Applying Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction to Online Classrooms

Rosenshine’s ten principles of instruction have been written about many times and are used by many schools to inform their teaching and learning. If this is new to you, you can find the original article here and some good blog posts here and here (from Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli). And for another view point,Continue reading “Applying Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction to Online Classrooms”

Choosing your online classroom

A virtual learning environment (VLE)  allows you to offer face-face, collaborative online instruction. The teacher and students come together at an agreed upon time for a lesson similar to if they all came together in a normal classroom. There are many different types of software that you could use as your virtual classroom, so youContinue reading “Choosing your online classroom”

Why does sodium chloride dissolve?

I recently came across a question on Twitter about sodium chloride (salt) dissolving in water. The question was effectively: “If the bonds between the Na+ and Cl– ions are so strong, why is water able to break these bonds?”  There are probably several ways to answer this question and the most satisfying will probably involveContinue reading “Why does sodium chloride dissolve?”

Using a Chemistry Glossary

In this short post, I will briefly discuss how I use a glossary of chemistry terms to support student learning. You can find the glossary here. Feel free to make a copy and use as you see fit (please note that it is a live document and so is constantly updated as I teach!). WhyContinue reading “Using a Chemistry Glossary”

How to quickly make retrieval practice tasks…

Research suggests that fill in the blank questions are more effective at helping students encode knowledge into long term memory than multiple choice quizzes. This is because they have to actively retrieve knowledge from their memory in order to answer them, rather than just select that correct answer. This blog post gives a quick andContinue reading “How to quickly make retrieval practice tasks…”

Effective Learning and Revision Strategies

This post is designed to give parents and students a really brief insight into some practical strategies that might improve learning and make time spent on it more effective. It is split into two parts. Part 1 looks at a how you might get started with revision and what the cycle of revision certain contentContinue reading “Effective Learning and Revision Strategies”

Using Google Quizzes for Retrieval Practice

I’m finding the quiz function in Google Forms is awesome. If you don’t know what I’m talking about or how to get to this, check out this video! I use this primarily for retrieval practice and quick formative assessment. Here are some of the top benefits I find when using the quiz function in googleContinue reading “Using Google Quizzes for Retrieval Practice”

Using the group 1 metals demonstration more intentionally

Throughout my teaching career, I have often found myself doing demonstrations because they are in the unit plan. I have, at times, not really used them with great intentionality. One of my goals this year is to be much more intentional with the demonstrations I use. This includes thinking carefully about the conceptual understanding IContinue reading “Using the group 1 metals demonstration more intentionally”

Developing better internal schema in chemistry students

Pre-warning. This is a bit of a long read and gets a bit heavy. If you want to skip to the final summary, scroll down! Disclaimer: A lot of this article is based on the work of Talanquer (2015). Barely any of it is my own so please do take a look at his articleContinue reading “Developing better internal schema in chemistry students”

War journalism is a well known and historical profession. Images of reporters risking their lives to report from conflict zones are known to many. However, this type of journalism is often propaganda like in delivery, focuses on the violence (and sometimes glamorises it), focuses on the suffering of one side and the actions of elites,Continue reading