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Advice for practical subjects needed

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by MrBarnesTC, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. MrBarnesTC

    MrBarnesTC New commenter

    Hi all,
    I'm a Science teacher (Chemistry) based in Staffordshire.
    Our school, to ensure bubbles are kept apart, have a 'staff move to the students' set up going this year, meaning that for KS3 classes we are unable to do practical activities. (KS4/A-Level are allowed into specialist labs)

    I was just wondering what other teachers are doing to get through their lessons without the use of labs/ICT rooms.
    If I have a 'less interesting' lesson, I would normally intertwine it with ICT based research, an investigation or model making - but this isn't possible and as a result I am struggling to keep myself entertained throughout a 2 hour lesson - let alone the students!

    If you have any advice/activities that you do that can engage the students, pass the time, etc... please let me know!

    Thanks in advance,
  3. Try www.coresciences.co.uk. A great online virtual lab experience for all required practicals. In addition, the class analytics enable tracking of progress. Great teaching and learning tool.
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  4. qq5873

    qq5873 New commenter

    Record a practical using a digital camera and play for class. Pause to take down results etc. Many good apps also especially like those on the pHet website.
  5. elysiaallen

    elysiaallen New commenter

    Our year 11 bubble is in science, helpfully. I agree with videos done in school this has shown our students that we’re doing as much as we can for them. There are some brilliant videos out there but there’s been something more engaging about guessing which teacher did this one.
    I’ve made a point of now saying “if things were normal you would be doing....” or “this year we cant...” etc. I don’t think it needs saying. However one lesson that would have been full of practical we watched it, evaluated then watched 20 mins of a (relevant) video.
    Latest episode of this has ideas https://the.physicsteachingpodcast.com/

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