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Behaviour Management in Science

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Supporting teachers new to the profession in considering ways of managing the behaviour of their students so that a positive, effective learning environment can be sustained.

Module 1: Classroom Control

Module 1: Classroom Control

30th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
What different factors can affect the behaviour of a class? Why can one lesson go well and then another fall flat on its face? In this session we will look at the many different things that can occur before a lesson has even begun that can affect the dynamics of that class. We will discuss a number of proactive strategies that can be used to help plan for different situations – those that are in our control and even those that are not. We will examine how successful teachers set up a learning climate that actively reduces the chances of poor student behaviour. This professional development episode is part of a suite to help participants develop a wide range of behaviour management strategies to help with classroom control, and improve relationships working with individual students. Lesson planning and preparing for practicals are covered in depth. We also look at the reasons for poor student behaviour.

Module 2: Dealing with Individuals

Module 2: Dealing with Individuals

30th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
We all know that a small number of students can have a disproportionately large effect on the rest of the class. What can you do as a classroom teacher to help mitigate this? Once we have tried to identify the route-cause of an individual’s misbehaviour there are a large number of ways that teachers can react to try to deal with this. We will discuss in detail nine tactics that have been tried-and-tested by teachers over many years and we will reflect on our own usage of these tactics – identifying those are already working well for us and those could have the potential to help us further. This professional development episode is part of a suite to help participants develop a wide range of behaviour management strategies to help with classroom control, and improve relationships working with individual students. Lesson planning and preparing for practicals are covered in depth. We also look at the reasons for poor student behaviour.

Module 3: Planning for Success

Module 3: Planning for Success

11th January 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
Given there are so many factors that can affect how a lesson goes, can we plan a lesson so that it guarantees success? Probably not, but we know there are lots of ways that we can plan our lessons to reduce the chance of misbehaviour. We will look at how we can get the balance right in our lessons: activities that are not too easy or too hard; a mixture of short activities and more sustained challenges; using clear and concise verbal and written instructions; and by mixing up our direct instruction and pupil-led activities. This professional development episode is part of a suite to help participants develop a wide range of behaviour management strategies to help with classroom control, and improve relationships working with individual students. Lesson planning and preparing for practicals are covered in depth. We also look at the reasons for poor student behaviour.

Module 4: Practical Skills

Module 4: Practical Skills

11th January 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
Students have a unique challenge in their science lessons: they require high levels of literacy and numeracy skills but will also need to manipulate and learn from practical activities. Teachers can rightly be concerned about the potential for accidents to occur, and worried about doing practicals with ‘that class’. What routines can we embed in our teaching that ensure that as many students can continue to learn with exciting, practical and enquiry-driven science lessons? This professional development episode is part of a suite to help participants develop a wide range of behaviour management strategies to help with classroom control, and improve relationships working with individual students. Lesson planning and preparing for practicals are covered in depth. We also look at the reasons for poor student behaviour.

Applying Knowledge and Understanding in Science

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Help your science students apply their knowledge and skills by focusing on AO2 exam specifications.

Develop the ability of your students to apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures. This course focuses on the demands of AO2 in exam specifications and offers practical advice and suggestions on how to develop application and problem solving skills. You will create a toolkit of activities that will help you promote application skills in your students.

These modules will help you to:

  • Explore a range of ideas to improve the accessibility of AO2 questions to your students
  • Increase the Science capital of your students
  • Use practical work in unfamiliar contexts to develop pupil resilience
  • Develop strategies to deliver topics in more applied contexts using problem solving skills
  • Develop strategies to help build resilience in lessons

Module 1: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Module 1: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

15th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience focuses on improving the accessibility of questions. By considering what makes a topic more challenging we will identify the potentially higher grade material and investigate ways of introducing stretch and challenge into lessons.

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Module 2: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Module 2: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

15th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience focuses on improving engagement and stimulating interest to meet the needs of challenging students. It considers questioning - types of questions; including level of response and higher order questions and looks at the which topics are the most challenging and why.

Module 3: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Module 3: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

29th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experiences investigates the meaning of AO2 (assessment objective 2) in more detail. It looks at AO2 in terms of scientific ideas and enquiry and evaluates different approaches to the teaching of this skill.

Module 4: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Module 4: Applying knowledge and understanding in science

29th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience focuses on AO2 - the application of knowledge to the required practicals. This covers the application of knowledge to scientific techniques and procedures and looks at the context in which these practicals are taught.

Science for Low Attainers - How to Engage and Ensure Progress

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This course will look at how to effectively deliver the science curriculum to ensure progress by low attainers. The course will look at how the curriculum can be modelled to support low attainers and you will develop strategies to engage students with science and to ensure that pupil's skills are developed to allow them to access examinations and required practicals.

These module will help you to:

  • Adapt curriculum models to raise attainment for lower ability students in science
  • Build skills for accessing assessment
  • Develop strategies to deliver the curriculum within engaging contexts for low attainers
  • Link understanding science to real-world contexts

Module 1: 3-1 Students

Module 1: 3-1 Students

3rd May 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience is designed to focus on engaging and raising achievement of lower attaining students. It aims to introduce the expected ability of a Grade 1, 2 and 3 GCSE Science student and explore the different KS4 routes as well as considering how this can be built upon for further STEM study and careers. The course also explores some of the barriers for lower ability learners and how accessibility can be improved.

Module 2: Hooks

Module 2: Hooks

3rd May 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience is designed to focus on engaging and raising achievement of lower attaining students. It aims to introduce the expected ability of a Grade 1, 2 and 3 GCSE Science student and explore the different KS4 routes as well as considering how this can be built upon for further STEM study and careers. The course also explores some of the barriers for lower ability learners and how accessibility can be improved.

Module 3: Accessing the Exam Paper

Module 3: Accessing the Exam Paper

21st June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience is designed to focus on engaging and raising achievement of lower attaining students. It aims to introduce the expected ability of a Grade 1, 2 and 3 GCSE Science student and explore the different KS4 routes as well as considering how this can be built upon for further STEM study and careers. The course also explores some of the barriers for lower ability learners and how accessibility can be improved.

Module 4: Required Practicals

Module 4: Required Practicals

21st June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience is designed to focus on engaging and raising achievement of lower attaining students. It aims to introduce the expected ability of a Grade 1, 2 and 3 GCSE Science student and explore the different KS4 routes as well as considering how this can be built upon for further STEM study and careers. The course also explores some of the barriers for lower ability learners and how accessibility can be improved.

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