Archive for April 2013

My weekends findings   Leave a comment

Hard water revision.

This is a good revision summary of hard water, suitable for GCSE chemistry C3 papers.  AQA and Edexcel both have this on the specification (not sure about OCR)


Paper foldables were a big hit at the ASEconf.  This web-page is as good a summary of available resources on the topic.  I find students really like these.  When given the option how they create notes an increasing majority are opting to use these.

Look out also for resources from Dinah Zike who seems to be the doyenne of foldables in the US, here is one of her pdf booklets

My role within leadership is teaching and learning, so those two are teaching and learning orientated.  The next two are useful check lists of things to do for leadership groups on preparing for Ofsted.

Finally look for Pete’s Lesson Toolbox resources on the TES website

A huge list of resources for revision and ideas for learning in different ways.



Posted April 21, 2013 by agittner in Uncategorized

Two in a week.   Leave a comment

Its amazing what a holiday can do.

So here are some more resources;-

Sound advice on the traits of being a good teacher from Tom Sherrington who tweets under the name @Headguruteacher. one of the regular contributors to #SLTchat and one of the growing headteachers who are using twitter to share and discuss good practice.  Look through his other posts for more sound reflections on school leadership and further good advice.

RI channel

The next link is to the Royal Institutes video channel on YouTube.  I particularly liked the one on limestone and calcium carbonate.  Many of them are done by Peter Wothers who did the wonderful 2012 Christmas Lectures.  Some useful and informative clips that might find a place in your lesson.

Manchester Science





Now a link more aimed at primary science.  Manchester University has created some very useful animations that cover a range of science topics for KS2.  I like the microbes one and could even see me using it for KS3 in the introductory lesson.  Each resource has an introduction which often includes an interview with a real scientist from the university before some straightforward visually interesting animations on each topic.


Posted April 11, 2013 by agittner in Uncategorized

Its been a while.   Leave a comment

I have decided that my ideal job would be something where I could just read all day. Having a holiday, where my wife has had to go back to school as her Easter holiday and mine only partly overlaps,  has given me time to catch up on some reading. It also means that I can go back through certain favourited tweets from my PLN, and then of course up date my blog.

So a random selection of recent reading;-
A timely reminder from @DrDav regarding the now defunct National Strategy materials. These can be found on the national archive e-library among other places. Here is a link to pages with information on longer written answers and key questions in science.

Fave scientist

This  next one could be useful as starter materials when discussing scientists, the history of science, careers in science and whole mess of suggestions.  Its from the Nottingham Trent University and has links to a number of short videos of their scientists describing their favourite scientist, why they chose them and a summary of what they did.

Evidenced based policy making is something I have been talking about for a while as anyone who knows me will testify.  With recent articles by Ben Goldacre and with the seminal work by John Hattie (visible learning) being two more famous proponents.


This article is a useful starting point as it reviews the current thinking on the evidence behind some of the familiar revision strategies.  (These therefore are the ones that are likely to work and make a difference!)


The next one is for teachers themselves, its a good little article from the ever improving Guardian’s web-site’s  education section.  This one is advice on work like balance.



I recently read a book calling Making it all Work by David Allenwork, he is a self-help guru and has written a number of best -selling books which basically centre around getting into the habit of creating, referring to and using detailed “To do” lists.  this seems to work as well as anything and does help those of us with memories that are failing.  However he more importantly makes the point of greater relevance to teachers I fear, that for busy professionals there often is no separation between work and life, nor should there be.  For successful people they have a life, some of it involves doing work and some of it is doing things with our families, doing our hobbies, playing sport, DIY etc.  We often enjoy all parts of our life equally but just need to get it all done.  By including in your to do lists thing that are not just work it helps fit everything in.  My wife and friends will tell you that I live and breathe education and science so this kind of makes sense to me.




For a while I have been tinkering with SOLO. Structure of observed learning outcomes is a way of getting students to think about their learning and producing responses of increasing complexity.  This is a cute introductory video using my favourite toy; Lego.


That’s the first lot, there will be more.

Posted April 9, 2013 by agittner in Uncategorized