It’s been a while again. Darwin and Lamarck   Leave a comment

I’m teaching a year 10 group biology at the moment.  I am struggling a little, being a chemistry teacher by training I miss the practicals which are easier to find in C1.  In attempt to make evolution more interesting and “active” here is a play what I wrote.  Its a short script for a fantasy science meeting in 1850 where Lamarck and Darwin are invited to speak.  (I have played fast and loose with the history please do not moan.)

The show is gate crashed by time travelling Brian Cox and David Attenborough.  In the middle you will need to show this video clip

giraffe fight video BBC

Darwin and Lamarck

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Posted November 4, 2015 by agittner in Uncategorized

Take Away Homework Menu   1 comment

Take Away menu side 2I’ve been using this with my GCSE Chemists. This is a good group with many self-motivated students.Using this sort of homework where they have the choice has enabled some of them to produce truly wonderful pieces of work. Work that they would have grumbled about if I had set it as something that had to be done. It is working less well with the middle ability who on the whole try to choose the easiest ones. Getting some of the less motivated students to produce work of the level of challenge required has also been a challenge.


Take Away menu side 1
What I really like about this type of homework is its ability to save me time and work load. I set these up at the start of term and it produced good quality homework without me having to think about it each week. When we did a student voice survey on homework many students said they like choice and also homeworks that are directly related to the classwork and going over it again. This helps with this no end. I also set other specific homeworks on some weeks where there is something specific I want them to learn. (For example I am helping them learn to use flashcards for revision)

I will be re-launching it with this new revised menu. I’ll let you know how we get on.


Below is a pdf version, contact me through twitter @agittner if you would like an editable version.

Chemistry homework menu version 2

Posted February 22, 2015 by agittner in Uncategorized

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