Independent Thinking Associate, author of the popular The Perfect Science Lesson
Drawing on over 25 years' experience as a science teacher, head of department, deputy head, PGCE tutor and science advisor, John knows what it takes to make science come alive for all children, whether it's high-flying academic types or students for whom the science lab is simply that smelly room you come to to set fire to your friend's pencil case.
Creating Outstanding Learners in Science
1. Discover the moods, habits and mindsets of outstanding scientists and how to get your pupils' brains to work at their scientific best. Design lessons that cover the 7 Cs - challenge, criteria, collaboration, communication, creativity, competition and choice. Take away lots of practical classroom ideas proven to develop critical thinking and deepen learning.
2. A science snippet. A little something to make you think!
Teacher of Science, Independent Thinking Associate, author of Never Mind The Inspectors; Here's Punk Learning
To say that Tait Coles is a teacher is like calling The Clash a pop group. A better description is that Tait, a teacher of science, a Vice Principal in an inner-city academy and the man behind Punk Learning, is an impassioned educator on a mission to make learning real, relevant and right for young people from all sorts of backgrounds.
Writing in Science and The Importance of Science Experiments
1. Effective scientists are also effective writers and literacy skills are fundamental for students to be successful in Science. Learn why writing is so important in Science and how Science teachers can inspire, challenge and support students to write better. And, as Tait demonstrates, when they write better their achievement improves too.
2. Science is something you do and the more you do it, the more it makes sense. Experiments, practical skills, practical science understanding and its application are essential not only to learn about science but also to being a scientist. Learn how great practicals and experiments improve learning, motivation and engagement in any classroom or lab.
A Teach First Ambassador and author of How to Teach Secondary Science
Catrin Green has always loved science and loved sharing that passion. She has been a head of science and now, as a deputy head, works in a school where the science department is at the forefront of teaching and learning. She is a Teach First Ambassador and runs science CPD as part of an academy chain.
Covering Content for As not Zzzs! and 'We Did This Before...I Think'
1. The battle between content and skills has been raging in Science for years and recent changes mean there is now more to cover than ever. Helping pupils understand complex ideas and content without endless 50 - minute lectures is vital. Learn how to use stories to excite, the art of chunking and how to get them thinking hard plus practical strategies to improve engagement.
2. We've all been in that classroom where they' re quick to tell you they remember doing it before, but can't remember what they learned! This fun session is all about how to get students to remember all of the key concepts of Science in short, sharp learning moments guaranteed to make the learning sticky!
Dr MATTHEW McFALL:
Independent Thinking Associate, "Agent of Wonder" and author of The Little Book of Awe and Wonder: A Cabinet of Curiosities
Many schools pay lip service to the idea that curiosity, wonder and magic can improve motivation for learning. Dr Matthew McFall is proof – living and academic proof – that such approaches really do work. Probably the world's only school-based 'Agent of Wonder', Matthew's research is all about strategies and structures that generate wonder and curiosity.
Not for Cats: Developing Wonder in Your Work
1. The starting point for all scientific enquiry is curiosity. Join educationalist and enigmatologist, Dr Matthew Mc Fall as he opens a very special Cabinet of Curiosities where, as his research proves, the weird and wonderful are guaranteed to get all pupils questioning and thinking in new ways, especially children with learning challenges. Not suitable for cats.
2. Wonder, curiosity, engagement and improved scientific thinking go hand in hand, whether you are preparing pupils for A levels, GCSEs or KS 2 assessments. In this session, ' Magic Matthew' will share ideas, strategies and approaches all proven to add a little extra ' wow' to your science lessons, whatever the topic.
Business Director of Independent Thinking, author of Brave Heads and Leadership Dialogues
Dave is Business Director of Independent Thinking and a well-known speaker and author in leadership education. What is less well known is the fact that he was also a science teacher for over 20 years and has a passion for the subject and the potential it offers to a forward-looking school.
Not for Cats:Developing Wonder in Your Work
As an experienced conference chair and lover of Science Dave will t ry to keep the pace of the day moving and ensure that all delegates f ind i t an interesting and useful day.