Sequencing in GCSE Biology: Teaching Evolution

I started to read The Ape that Understood the Universe by Steve Stewart-Williams and it got me thinking about the teaching of evolution. I posted a quick survey on twitter because it occurred to me that the sequencing of ecology and evolution is quite varied. In this blog I want to discuss the various ways…

Biology SLOP: The Next Generation

In lockdown I’ve tried to live by the mantra everything you do now, try to make sure it is of use when “normality” returns. With this in mind I have been going through the Biology SLOP booklets and made some changes to the originals Some changes that have been made are: Proof reading Slight reduction…

All the Biology SLOP you need.

Here is where you will find all my Biology GCSE SLOP booklets. I’ve taken the excellent work done by a large group of biology teachers and updated them to include: More questions (over 100 in each booklet) More maths in biology (graphs, percentage increases, standard form etc..) More literacy support (refutation texts , graphic organisers)…

The goal-free approach: My talk from CogSciSci 2019

Here is a blog to share my presentation from Friday’s CogSciSci conference at The Westminster School. At the end you can get access to my presentation if you want to share the ideas within your department. The goal-free approach in some ways is the nucleation point of cognitive load theory. Whilst Sweller et al. published…

Motivation from MARGE

Ironically, I’ve had a draft blog titled ‘Motivation’ since 30th August and just not been certain I had anything useful to add to the discussion. But after reading MARGE by Arthur Shimamura (with thanks to Tom Sherrington and Dan Willingham for summarising and bringing it to my attention), I was relieved it seemed to back…