Archive for May, 2010

So they’re gone. After (nearly) five years my form have had their last regular day, signed their last leavers’ book page and talked over the register for the last time. A sudden quiet descends and, just like those of us will children will testify, that makes us uneasy. When they’re quiet is when they’re up […]

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According to this comic from xkcd, I just might be: Let me know if you think I’m building a good relationship with you, the readers, in the comments below. And if you don’t already know it, I strongly recommend xkcd generally for thrice weekly comics. And even as occasional starters (correlation in particular.

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A break from revision ideas – at least partly because a large part of me suspects that I’m spending more time on it than half my students. Instead I’d like to describe my solution to a perennal problem in science, a lack of meaningful engagement with practical work. This may seem a surprise. After all, […]

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This was the response from a student when I pointed out that with their first exam eight days away, they should probably be staying in revising most nights between now and then. They seemed amazed that I should expect them to be putting their exam preparation first, even though some of them are close to grade boundaries […]

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 I’ve decided to add a quick post which fits in nicely with the set of five I made the other week. Basically, a bunch of interesting things showed up in science news online, more or less simultaneously, and I thought it was worth adding a new post instead of amending an old one. One bit […]

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Not everything on this blog is about the posts; I’m also using WordPress as a webhosting service. The problem is that these bits and pieces aren’t visible unless you go looking for them, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to flag them up. I’ve tidied up and rearranged some of the links on the […]

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I won’t quite say that it’s by popular demand – but after a comment I made on the TES Forums about a problem-solving activity I did back in the mists of time, a few people expressed interest. I couldn’t find the original information so I’ve had to reproduce it from memory. The downside is that […]

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