Hello, Goodbye, I love you | Requires Improvement

“I guess you know what aloha means, don’t you”

“Hallo, I presume,” Bernard ventured.

“Right. Or goodbye, according to whether you’re coming or going.” The little lady gave a brief cackling laugh. “Also, I love you.”
Paradise News, David Lodge


The clues were in the avatar all along. I always was a jaundiced minion called Stuart. I really do teach physics. I’m also at @stuartteachphys.  Hello!

But there are a couple of reasons to say goodbye to at least a bit of this persona. For a start, I’m not going to be teaching for a while. Good, positive, exciting (albeit…

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#CogSciSci – an introduction | Adam

#CogSciSci is a grassroots collective of science teachers who are interested in promoting the use of Cognitive Science in the teaching of science. No one really remembers exactly how it started and no one is “in charge.” Generally, we just aim to support each other, steal ideas, and become better teachers. We get a lot of people signing up so this blog is just a simple explainer about who we are and what we stand for.

Cognitive Science
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1. Cognitive Science

Cognitive science (CS) is the study of thought…

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No need for slime panic: it’s not going to poison anyone | katlday

This is one of my favourite photos, so I’m using it again.

The school summer holidays are fast approaching and, for some reason, this always seems to get people talking about slime. Whether it’s because it’s a fun end-of-term activity, or it’s an easy bit of science for kids to do at home, or a bit of both, the summer months seem to love slimy stories. In fact, I wrote a piece about it myself in August 2017.

Which (hoho) brings me to the consumer group Which? because, on 17th July this year, they posted an article with the headline: “Children’s toy slime on sale with up to four times EU…

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10 essential discussions to have in any teacher team. | Tom Sherrington

Towards the end of last academic year, I wrote a post outlining what might be in a typical school’s development plan:  Here’s your school development plan – no, really, don’t thank me.  All of those ideas are still relevant for next year.  But what about at a departmental level or a year level in primary? Here are 10 discussions that teams should be having – not all at once, obviously, but over time, involving everyone.

1. What’s in the curriculum? Does everyone know the big picture and the details? 

If you’re building a coherent spiral curriculum, you need to know what goes where in…

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