SEN Science: a tip when working with diagrams

I’ve a group of very weak students covering the EM spectrum.  I just wanted them to have an idea of some of the different uses of EM waves so half the class did a collective memory activity and half did a jigsaw. Collective memory If you haven’t done one of these before you really should.  …

Using PowerPoint with students who have special needs (PowerPoint is not just for presentations!)

We’ve all seen PowerPoint used where students are asked to prepare a presentation on a topic.  More often than not this turns into a cut-and-paste-athon and students can’t always be said to be engaging with the content of the lesson.  There is also the time one spends playing with the fonts and animations (and I’ve …

Science APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) at KS3 with pupils who have special needs.

I’ve been grappling with APP for a while now and thought I’d post, thinking that I might perhaps save someone some time.  Better still perhaps someone will have better ideas than mine – if that’s you please leave a comment below. I’ve heard many science teachers complaining about APP.  True it is yet another new …

New Science lab – yes we got there in the end

My new science lab is finally finished.  Thanks to all the people who contributed to my blog post and my TES thread on lab design.  Designing a lab takes some thought, considering the needs of the students and what teaching styles will be used.  Inevitably the design will be a compromise and may not be …

Getting pupils to work together using “The Hat” – Random name/pairs picking software

As a special education teacher, I teach groups who have very poor social skills.  One of my responsibilities as a science teacher is to get pupils to work together, both to improve these social skills and their science skills.  Problems I face at the start of the lessons include pupils sorting themselves into inappropriate groupings, …