Physics SLOP booklets

Here are the Physics books I've done so far, they're not quite perfected yet but I'll update this page with newer versions when I get a chance. Please do let me know if you spot any typos or whatever, they've already benefited loads from people doing this. There are some mistakes in the answers... Continue Reading →

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Subject Character Plots: Developing the model for discussing curriculum

In my previous post I presented a series of axes which built on Legitimation Code Theory. I suggested that these axes could be used to produce subject character plots (SCPs) that allow us to explore the characteristics of school subjects, to draw comparisons, and to create a common language that allows communication across the subject... Continue Reading →

The language of curriculum

This post is part of the "Curriculum in Science" symposium curated by Adam Boxer (@adamboxer1). Read Adam's introduction here. Curriculum is a hard thing to talk about. It’s interesting to think about why this is. I think that the best way to understand what we mean by “curriculum” is to begin at the end. What... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Organisers and Quiz Sheets

A quick post to share a couple of thoughts and some resources. I think we have been mixing up two, equally important but different things when we've talked about knowledge organisers in science, or at least I have. Sharing the structure of the knowledge, its organisation, is a really important thing to do with students,... Continue Reading →

Sentences and the web of knowledge

This blog is part 3 of the #WritingInScience symposium curated by Pritesh Raichura. Read Pritesh's introduction here and part 2 from Ben Rogers here. Do you ever stop to marvel at the extent of human thought? I do, and it takes my breath away. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to think about interesting, abstract... Continue Reading →

E. Coli and Quality First Teaching

There has been an outbreak of the E. coli bacterium at the Bella Sophia restaurant. The local hospital has reported that patients being treated for the bug fall into two "key groups": babies and the elderly. Public health officials have called for the restaurant to improve on this situation. The restaurant owners are considering a... Continue Reading →

My name is Ruth

A quick blog post about my name. I started blogging at Christmas 2016. I’d just had a baby and was heavily reliant on edutwitter and blogs for keeping me awake during night feeds. At the time there were some outrageous claims being made about behaviour: “It’s teachers’ responsibility not SLT” and “Behaviour in most schools is... Continue Reading →

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