#ASEchat – SEND special

Following the publication of my article in the ASE’s EiS (Education in Science) magazine and on their website, I was offered the chance to host #ASEchat on Twitter with a special needs theme. @viciascience opened with questions about specific needs which led to a discussion about visually impaired and hearing impaired students.  @cleverfiend raised the …

#ASEchat summary – putting the science back into science teaching

The topic of the chat was “putting the science back into science teaching”.  Although no-one owned up to voting for this topic it was a clear winner.  The first part of the chat concentrated on unpicking why we need to put the science back into science teaching. There were some different opinions about what this …

#ASEchat summary – Published schemes of work – how do you choose and use them in science?

I opened the chat by asking “Published schemes of work – how do you choose and use them in science?”  Viciascience responded by saying he imagines that every school has a standby set of textbooks and others joined in by discussing their purchased schemes (see chat transcript for details).  ViciaScience asked the going rate for …

#ASEchat summary – How are you developing the numeracy of your students

With the promotion of maths and science (together with technology/engineering) as STEM subjects, no one can deny the links between science and maths and the importance of maths within science.   The question arose “How are you developing the numeracy of your students?” which was posed to ASEchat participants. Cleverfiend (who was leading the discussion) opened …

#ASEchat summary – Planning for the new national curriculum and assessment without levels

A transcript of the chat can be found here. Although a similar topic was discussed only a few weeks before, the issue of the new national curriculum and what will replace the levels as a progress and accountability measure is still worrying lots of science teachers. @cleverfiend referred to his recent visit to the DfE …

#ASEchat summary 09/09/13 If you and your students could work on any project, what would it be?

#ASEchat sought to find out “if you and your students could work on any project, what would it be?”  There was a lot of chat and I have teased out the ideas that can be taken away below.  As with any of the chats a full transcript is available from the ASEchat page (my copy …

#ASEchat summary 26th August 2013 – What do you have on your classroom walls?

A chat entitled “What do you have on your classroom walls?” was bound to elicit a variety of responses.  Several of the posters included images of their displays and a description of their display and its function. Lethandrel – a news wall with science in the news Class_Leading – Science in the news in corridors …

#ASEchat summary 19th August 2013 – How do you teach research skills in science

After a mix up with the poll our moderator decided the topic would be teaching research skills.  Participants noted that the skills have to be taught explicitly if you want students to have good research skills.  Several members (including @NeedhamL56) pointed out that there are some useful materials for teaching research skills within the level …

Teaching Earth Science – #ASEchat 01/03/13

Earth sciences tend to be the overlooked parts of science by many teachers, because of their overlap with the geological sciences taught in other subject areas. Despite their minimal appearance in the national curriculum, the chat tonight proved that many science teachers have a soft spot for this branch of science. One of the clear …

Summary of #ASEchat 11/02/13 Encouraging literacy in Science

The image above shows a ‘tagxedo’ of most common words used in this ASEchat (with some words removed like the names of frequent tweeters and the word ASEchat).  Interactive version here   Literacy across the curriculum is a hot topic, with much more emphasis put on teaching literacy in the latest framework. Even without the …