Engelmann and faultless communication in Science

I gave a talk at the Seneca Virtual Science Conference on applying the principles of faultless communication (as described in Engelmann & Carnine’s Theory of Instruction) to Science. With it being a 5 minute talk and after a few requests, here’s a blog elaborating on the key ideas. Inductive reasoning Engelmann and Carnine state that we learn from our physical surroundings by inductive reasoning. That … Continue reading Engelmann and faultless communication in Science

A model for sequencing in Biology – part 3

Over the past year, I have slowly developed a model of how I atomise and sequence a Biology topic. Part 1 of this series focussed on how I gradually atomise a topic from principles to big questions to sentences to facts and how each level contributes towards the sequencing of the topic into a coherent narrative. Parts 2, 3 and 4 will then explore how … Continue reading A model for sequencing in Biology – part 3

A model for sequencing in Biology – part 2

Over the past year, I have slowly developed a model of how I atomise and sequence a Biology topic. Part 1 of this series focussed on how I gradually atomise a topic from principles to big questions to sentences to facts and how each level contributes towards the sequencing of the topic into a coherent narrative. Parts 2, 3 and 4 will then explore how … Continue reading A model for sequencing in Biology – part 2

A model for sequencing in Biology

Over the past year, I have slowly developed a model of how I atomise and sequence a Biology topic. I’ve put together a series of blog posts that outline this model and also what it ends up looking like in the classroom. The biggest influences on this model are Pritesh Raichura’s blog on designing a Science curriculum and Kris Boulton’s “My best planning” series, particularly … Continue reading A model for sequencing in Biology

Is cognitive science destined to mutate?

Education is fickle. In a desperate attempt to improve outcomes, and with the added pressures of crippling accountability and soaring workload, schools are quick to latch on to the latest edu-fad and take aim with its supposed magic bullet. More often than not, this results in yet more work for those of us at the chalkface as teachers dutifully implement a whole school strategy that, … Continue reading Is cognitive science destined to mutate?