Summaries of meetings one and two

The first meeting of #SciTeachJC took place on Tuesday 5th July 2011. @JustinDillonKCL wrote this summary of the meeting for The Guardian Science Blog:

It’s Club Night for Science Teachers

Good teachers count. In a recent survey carried out as part of theInterest and Recruitment in Science project, first-year  science undergraduates cited “good teachers” as the single biggest influence in their decision to take science-based courses.

So how do you get better at being a science teacher? Practice helps, as does informed feedback from colleagues and pupils. Unfortunately, opportunities to undertake part-time study seem few and far between, and finding time to meet teachers from other schools is increasingly challenging.

Social media tools might provide a way for those thousands of teachers who want to discuss new ideas, and old problems, by giving them access to a wider audience than is available in the typical staff room. Read more…

The second meeting took place on Tuesday 19th July 2011 and @Teachingofsci has written this summary of the meeting:

When #SciTeachJC rules the world…

Let me start by stating, for the record, that I felt no pressure when asked by@alomshaha to write up the second Science Teaching Journal Club session. No pressure at all, despite the fact that the article on the first session was written by one of the authors of the paper we’d discussed, and published in the Guardian. Oh no, I’m fine…

But anyway. The topic for discussion was the Beyond 2000 report, now more than ten years old but credited with changing the direction of UK science education. If you’ve not read it, I recommend it – although I suspect that most practising science educators will find themselves cursing at various points. @Alby has converted the ten recommendations of the report to a simple poster and handout. I have no intention, by the way, of trying to explain or recount all of the posts from the busy Tuesday evening session. If you weren’t there (or even if you were) I recommend reading through the archive. That’s why it’s online, after all. No, I have two aims; mainly to give a flavour of the evening, with a few quotes and summarised discussions, and secondly to share my own personal responses to some of the themes touched upon. Read more…

 

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