Archive for November 2011

Post 3a and 3b   Leave a comment

I am indebited to Danny Nicholson (@dannynic) for this week’s resources.  My daytime position is as an Assistant Headteacher in a school in Sheffield with responsibility for managing our MLE and encouraging the use of ICT in the classroom.  In a month’s time we are taking possession of our new building.  This state of the art(science?) school building comes with 500 series Promethean Whiteboards in every classroom. In my new science department I was given the freedom to design the labs.  I took the decision to move the whiteboards from behind the teacher’s demonstration desk.  This means that for the first time in our school students will be able to access the boards easily and now that these new boards enable multiple touches they will be able to truly interact with the resources.  So to celebrate this here are two resources.

The first is a nice web-site and animation that allows students to practice their pair bonding in DNA.  It also has a wealth of information that should suffice right up to the UK A-levels in biology. Elsewhere on the site there is protein translation, animations on genes, fireflies and prions.  This is a great website to use as a plenary and then give the address out to let students learn further at home.





The second is definitely one for the students to play.  Mixing light allows you to draw strokes of coloured light which when mixed  produces the correct colours.  Those of you who have tried to demo this one in class  with coloured filters will know how difficult this can be.” Yes that really is white, in the middle…honest.”  Both these resources allow students to interact with the software, to communicate with each other while they do it and hopefully gain a deeper understanding of science along the way

Three weeks in and three resources.


Posted November 27, 2011 by agittner in Uncategorized

My second resource(s)   Leave a comment

I am so glad that I didn’t try for the 365 project.  This week like that for many active teachers has been hectic and so the thought of finding time to post 7 resources fills me with dread.  So here at the end of the week is my second resource.

I was privileged this week to be able to spend some time with our next generation of science teachers from Hallam Secondary Science Teaching course. With a colleague we presented a range of simple teaching activities that from experience engage students and enhance their learning. Thank you to all the students who attended and were so enthusiastic.  The whole evening took me back to my own training at Homerton College and how fortunate I was to meet some wonderful tutors. The marvellous Elaine Wilson who was the inspiration for me becoming a teacher and Dr Derek Johnson my tutor.  It was Derek who instilled in me the value of both practical work and also the importance of understanding how children learn science.

The wonderful Children’s Learning in Science project was the cornerstone of this.  We were encouraged to use this to direct our planning.  To read and understand how children learned the particular topic we were teaching and what were going to be the likely problems and issues.  In a recent #ASEchat we discussed the teaching of Electricity and someone posted a link to a paper from the late Ros Driver and another from the Leeds Education department.  I was struck how, despite that is over 25 years since CLIS started, the findings and ideas are still relevant and should be read by everyone starting to teach science.  So here they are, a touch of nostalgia and a back to basics reminder of the importance of how sound theory and evidence based research can help all our teaching.

Posted November 19, 2011 by agittner in Uncategorized

My first resource   Leave a comment

I recently wrote an article to help teachers begin to use Twitter for their CPD. One huge omission in the list of good people to follow I listed in the article was @alomshaha who consistently puts up a range of excellent comments and useful links.


This is one that he alerted me to. is a fantastic animated website that enables students to show their understanding of a range of simple graphs.  A great resource to use on an interactive whiteboard as a plenary or starter.

Posted November 10, 2011 by agittner in Uncategorized

52 Project   1 comment

Welcome to my new blog. One of the things that has been vexing me in recent weeks is how to keep track of all the brilliant things I find on line. As an active member of the Association for Science Education and a regular contributor to #ASEchat on Twitter I have collected long lists of useful resources but managing them and finding them again is often proving difficult. So I had an idea. How about starting a blog? Initially I thought of doing a 365 project, uploading a new resource every day. This sounded like too challenging an aim and one destined to fail. So how about a 52 project, can I be organised enough to load at least one resource a week? Well here goes…. If you use a resource then please leave me a comment to tell me how you got on with it and how you used it.

Posted November 9, 2011 by agittner in Uncategorized