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”

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 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”

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

40 day breathing and meditation challenge

I recently completed a short course on breathing and meditation techniques. I really enjoyed the experience and so I am going to try to complete at least 20 minutes of practice for the next 40 days (and hopefully longer if it’s of benefit). My aim is to find some “calm in the chaos”. Over theContinue reading “40 day breathing and meditation challenge”

Conceptual understanding of epistemological issues in chemistry As discussed in this post, epistemological components make up part of the complex cognitive processes that help students to understand threshold concepts. The epistemological components are to do with how arguments and explanations are built in a discipline. In chemistry, this is mainly to do with the useContinue reading

Read this article if….you are a concept geek who just loves…well…concepts… I recently wrote about threshold concepts in this post. As stated in the article, threshold concepts are often troublesome for learners. However, they have the potential to be so transformative in their understanding of a discipline that they are worth the pain. Indeed, onceContinue reading

There are certain concepts in chemistry that students must understand if there are to develop an expertise in the discipline.  We can call these “threshold concepts”. These threshold concepts should be considered as a portal to further understanding and, according to Meyer and Land (2003), should be: Transformative – once understood, it should cause aContinue reading