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Science: ways to improve disadvantaged pupils' grades go under the microscope

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Who knows? At the moment they're planning to find out if anything works.
    I sometimes needed a microscope to if some pupils had done any work.
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Perhaps all grades would improve if all teachers of science were subject specialists.
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Your new avatar scares me Blazer!
    I went and hid behind the sofa and my wife wonders why I've hung garlic over the front door!
    Mangleworzle likes this.
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Oooh, I know! How about making them feel like a real scientist, finding out by doing, they can replicate Mendeleev's construction of the periodic table in yr.8 with just a little help. By yr.10 they should be able to formulate a workable evolutionary theory and in yr.11 gravity and photosynthesis should have been sorted.

    Give them a load of equipment, ask them what else they want and get that too, spend 5 lessons planning and formulating, 5 lessons carrying out and 3 lesson presenting.

    This will of course require at least 3 tests and 6 marking points all to be checked, recorded, entered on a spreadsheet, checked again, intervention opportunities identified, scheduled, recorded and evaluated. If the teacher hasn't caused them to find these things out for themselves, then offer them support and by the end of term the class can be taught by a TA or someone who looks 12 with a degree in Colouring-In with Materials Studies.

    That would work.
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  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    You forgot the 3 lessons of evaluation and the 3 seconds looking at the teacher's sample results because none of the data gathered during the "carrying out" was accurate or systematic enough to be useful.
    Mangleworzle likes this.

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