“I want an engaging science book for my class.” “I want a science book that is related to the curriculum.” … More
Science Writers’ Circle
Children in schools should read brilliant science writing. They should have access to the best scientific ideas through excellent science texts; … More
What is Cooperative Learning?
I always knew that group work was the answer. It just never worked. It was obvious that pupils learning together … More
Okay, I’ll Cooperate….
5 years ago, in an increasingly competitive school environment, I read about Cooperative Learning. It was the first time I’d … More
High-quality textbooks won’t work without high-quality textbook reading.
Last Thursday (11th June), Nick Gibb delivered a speech titled the social justice case for an academic curriculum. As a … More
This blog is the first of three on talking, reading and writing in science. Students like to talk. Even in … More
Teaching Reading Comprehension – Which Texts Work?
Grant Wiggins is writing a great book on reading as blogs (here): each new chapter arrives in my inbox as he … More
Science For Parents
Following a twitter query about school science events for parents from @paulcoxon and @drlucyrogers, I thought I’d share a text I wrote … More
A Hippo Banquet
Adapting Writers More Read About than Read Mary Kingsley, the Victorian scientific explorer and writer, is the subject of many Key … More
Finding Nonfiction Texts
I find it difficult to find the nonfiction text I want to use in class. I’m fussy, yes, but the … More