Archive for April, 2010

Hopefully the posts this week have given a few ideas about how to make the teaching of evolution a little more interactive – it is, after all, fairly hard to show evolution happening in a school science lab. Today I’m going to share a few resources that have not featured so far, split between books […]

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Many people, including students – and probably teachers, too – struggle with the idea that all living things are related to each other. We certainly struggle with the thought that we have close relatives, chimpanzees, who seem to us to be so different. Even when I point out that so much of the similarities are invisible […]

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This post – and activity – is a follow up from yesterday’s, looking at mutation. I’ve found that students often struggle with randomness and, short of loaning them Mlodinow’s excellent book, it’s hard to fix their problems. Instead, I focus on separating the concepts of variation and selection. Variation always happens during reproduction. In asexual […]

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Nobody understands mistakes like kids. Unless, of course, you mean the teachers who have to correct them. I find my students get very interested in the idea of mutation and starting from the media version – X-Men for example – we work towards a more accurate description, of a mistake that is made during the copying of […]

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After the recent, fairly epic post about using homeopathy to teach ‘how science works’, and the time spent turning it into a (hopefully useful) scheme available as a pdf, I’m trying five shorter posts again this week. Instead of books, however, I’ll be sharing some ideas for teaching what can be one of the trickier topics, evolution. I’d […]

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Update: This blog post and the resources mentioned in it are now combined and organised as two files to download: hsw – homeopathy (scheme and resources as pdf) and hsw – homeopathy (accompanying powerpoint). Hope they’re useful – if so please let me know! How Science Works: Homeopathy In the UK – and worldwide – there are many […]

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I suspect it’s not just me who’s glad for a break. Most of my students were definitely ready for a breather when they left on Thursday. They probably wouldn’t believe me, but I hope they’ve not done any work at all yet – everyone needs a break (my bag hasn’t even been opened yet). Most […]

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