About

I still think of myself as a science teacher based in the UK. I’m in the East or West Midlands, depending on who you ask. Since 2014 I’ve been a Teaching and Learning Coach with the Stimulating Physics Network. I’m a Chartered Science Teacher, accredited by the Association for Science Education. and a Chartered Physicist accredited by the Institute of Physics.

And as much as it might shock the students, I’m a real person too. I’m a father and husband. I’m a geek*, a reader and a writer. I’m a Cub leader, a climber, and a walker. We have cats and chickens. The oldest child is being homeschooled, the youngest is a toddler. I have ageing parents and a chronic lack of time.

This blog contains my personal opinions, not those of the Institute of Physics or any other employer. I use this blog to collect together and share my ideas, mostly about teaching in general and science/physics education in particular. I’m also passionate about problems with science communication, especially bad science, in the media. I have been known to get irritated with issues of religious freedom, especially as it pertains to freedom from religion. I have strong feelings about discrimination and bias. I swear, sometimes about these issues.

Please feel free to pinch anything that interests you and use it how you like – as long as you don’t sell it. I’m gradually adding Creative Commons Licences to the resources but in general, like everything else on the web, it’s here to be used. If you want something specific, contact me to discuss freelance work. I’d really appreciate any feedback you have – and there are several ways you can do it, in order of preference:

  1. Comment on the post itself (first-timers have to be approved, after that it’s automatic).
  2. create a permanent record via GoogleForm
  3. reach me on Twitter where I’m @teachingofsci
  4. email me at teachingofscience@gmail.com

 

*I’m a geek, not a nerd. A geek wonders what sex in space would be like. A nerd wonders what sex would be like.

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4 thoughts on “About”

  1. Very good website, full of useful information and thoroughly enjoyed browsing it. Do u have any good ideas or chemistry experiments that produce a good demonstration or big bang or nice display of colour?

    1. It really depends on what you want to show, and for what age group.

      Sprinkling flour over a bunsen flame is very impressive to show combustion, for example – but make sure the ceiling is high enough!
      Group 1 metals in water are fairly colourful, or use a garden sprayer for metal salts to get colourful flames (yellow for sodium etc).
      Producing ethene gas bubbles, using pipes and detergent, gives good exploding bubbles.
      H2 gas is also dramatic if you collect enough and has the advantage the kids can do the experiment on a smaller scale if you want, reacting Mg with HCl.

      Practical Chemistry is a good place to check out…

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