About

I’m a science teacher based in the UK, East or West Midlands depending on who you ask. From September this year I’ll be a Teaching and Learning Coach with the Stimulating Physics Network. I hold Chartered Science Teacher status, accredited by the Association for Science Education.

I’m also a husband, a father, a geek*, a reader, a writer, a climber, a walker and lots more besides. Just like a real person, in fact. (Don’t tell the students!)

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 about teaching in general, and science education in particular. It’s about ideas, not money.

I’m also passionate about problems with science communication, especially bad science, in the media. Some posts are about ideas, some include the resources I’ve produced; I probably average about six a month. Now that I’m effectively employed, at several steps removed, I’ll be avoiding the more political posts.

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. 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.


4 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Chad

    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?

    • 2 IanH

      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…

      • 3 Science Learning Centres

        @Chad. We run a range of courses around demonstrations for teachers and technicians. Have a searh through our courses at http://www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk.

        If you have a look at our blog you will also find a range of video demonstrations which may also be helpful.

    • I have produced lists of resources for demonstrations for chemistry, physics and biology, with some really spectacular chemistry demos explained. Most of the resources in the lists are vidoes so you can see how the demo should be carried out. The link to each list can be found in this blog on the National STEM Centre website:

      http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/blog/olympic-rings-the-monkey-and-the-hunter-and-electric-sausages—


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