The Paraffin Paradox

The Scientific Method This week the topic of experiment and observations came up in several tutorials- which resulted in me pulling up my own infographic for the scientific method: For further information on the scientific method, I highly recommend reading the Wikipedia’s page which has a wealth of information. Application …

Get your Golden Ticket – only 2 days left!

Royal Institution Christmas Lecture 2017 As always, at this time of year, I start looking forward to catching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on the television. This year the speaker will be Prof Saiful Islam. Here is the RI’s description of the lecture series: Prof Saiful Islam leads an incredible …

Fingers in a mess!

[subscribe2] A lively debate on an online teaching forum has spurred me on to think further about the use of fingers and hands in education. In particular the use of fingers in maths and counting. There seems to be a bias against using fingers for counting, yet using hands and …

How to learn better

Good learning is a “bit-by-bit” activity which requires time- it is incredibly important to start learning as early as possible. In essence- cramming is to be avoided at all costs! Quite often we hold off until we “understand it all”; it is better to throw yourself into the cauldron and …

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