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Add more gin …! Common misconceptions and strategies for correcting them

Issue: May 2017 148

Extract: Martin Wesley discusses misconceptions commonly seen when teaching science and some strategies to pre-empt or correct them.

‘But haven’t you got enough to do?’ Getting involved in action research

Issue: May 2017 148

Extract: Sheetal Kowalczyk reflects upon her teaching experiences and the importance of research in supporting and developing her practice.

Let’s turn things on their head – teaching counterintuitive science

Issue: May 2017 148

Extract: David Kumar explores how tackling concepts from an alternative perspective might enhance learning.

Reviews

Issue: May 2017 148

Extract: • Would you rather dine with a dung beetle or lunch with a maggot? Camilla de la Bédoyère and Mel Howells London: QED Publishing, 2016 • How machines work David Macauley London: Dorling Kindersley • Chris Clayton’s amazing galactic adventures John Baruch, Andy Livingston and George Morris Sandbach • Tinkerlab: a hands-on guide for little inventors Rachelle Doorley Boston, MA: Roost Books, 2014

Contents and Editorial

Issue: March 2017 147

Author: Editor: Leigh Hoath

Extract: ...There is little doubt that the rise in social media and internet usage is something of a game changer when it comes to access to information about sex, life and all that goes with them, which means it is even more important that as teachers we get our part right, although I appreciate the complexity of what this ‘right’ looks like.

Notice Board

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: - Tinkering for learning - Nature detectives - Forest stargazing - The big sunflower project - ReachOut Reporter - Christmas Lectures for primary - Resources from schoolscience.co.uk on life cycles

Why do we have to talk about it?

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Sarah Bearchell engaged 9- to 10-year-olds with sex education as a scientist rather than their regular teacher.

Spring is in the air, but don’t forget the other seasons!

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Steven Lewis-Neill explains how he supports the teaching of life cycles and offers some ideas to explore all year round.

The Great Bug Hunt 2017

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: This competition, now in its fourth year, fits into the curriculum and helps to develop Working Scientifically too; it also fits perfectly with many topics.

A whole day of bees? Buzz off!

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: David Church explains how his class learnt about life cycles and more during his school’s ‘Bee Day’.

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