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Science , is it all that hard.

A new year, a new subject and lots of new ideas to explore.

And this time it’s exploring Science ! My biggest fear was that it really as complicated as it has always seen to been to me. Does the concepts need to be something beyond my understanding,

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Strangely enough, and after a good thought the answer was NO. I thought to myself, look around you 2 things that you might have done today: walked; and played ball games. Both in itself a scientific understanding of its process. So science does involve my day to day life more than I think of it.

He’s a clip on our first group science experiment of the year. Very simple but just a start…

We might have not known what the substances were called or did not have the most accurate prediction, but we questioned and we tried. 

Exploring the world around us through Science



Science but NOT exactly what its all about.

What about this-

outclass Science can be simply be incorporated into the classes daily or weekly activities. It allows children to be involved and experiment. It allows the children to question.

EXPLORING SCIENCE in the classroom. Well… I was one of many who really dreaded having to face the challenges of this subject.

Science is such a vast topic area and as a student teacher I never knew where to start. I was aware of certain areas of discussion such as Space, Electricity and Biodiversity but I became slightly resentful when it came to exploring areas which could be taught in the classroom.

To try and get id of some of my misconceptions, I went on to read, Primary Science which sparked so many questions in my mind. Dunne et al suggest that science is not about learning facts and having scientific explanations for everything. Instead science is described in a way which is “falsifying” and children should understand that they will learn things and test them, however, there might always be ways in which other people or scientific experiments which will prove them wrong.

“ Children’s misconceptions first must be identified and reasons why they hold them understood” A real challenge for teachers in primary schools. Rutledge explains different areas in which teachers might go wrong. Children are full of ideas and imagination and their minds constructs thoughts of the world around them even if they are scientifically incorrect. There is a justified reason for it in their mind.

When tackling Science in the classroom we should:

– pre- assess ideas

-challenge and test ideas

-consolidate appropriate ideas

According to Rutledge, Teaching the tricky bits.

This book went onto discuss 5 questions which ensure an effective learning context.introductie-verandering1

Is the context fun ? will it motivate and ensure the learners ?

is the context accessible ? will it make sense to the learners ?

Is the context relevant ? does it provide the learners with a reason to carry out their work ?

Is the context appropriate? Does it support the necessary progression of skills and concepts ?

is the context flexible? Will it support differentiation and a cross curricular approach?

To further my knowledge and understanding of science I have made a SMART target for myself.

Specific-To gain further knowledge of Biodiversity and interdependence and to be able to understand the role of the ecosystems and how it effects the world around us.

Measurable-I will create a 2 A4 plan for as a lesson plan for my class.

Achievable – I will use different sources to gain an insight to the areas.

Relative-I will create a practical experiment or try to organise a trip which is relevant to the learning context.

Timely– I will start teaching this in 1PP1a and continue with the experiment or trip in 1PP1b.

I will relate my learning to the CfE outcome-

I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.

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downloadNext Steps

-To examine how biodiversity and interdependence impacts of society and the world around us.

-Find relevant media sources to support my findings

-Relevance-Use Animoto as an introductory stimulus to the class. Combine technologies within the learning context by going on to teach the children how to effectively use it.


  • M. & Peacock, A. (2012) Chapter 1: How Science has evolved, in Primary Science: A guide to teaching practice. London: Sage
  • Rutledge, N. (2010) Primary Science: Teaching the tricky bits. Maidenhead: OUP.

“Wisdom Begins With Wonder”

Blogging“Wisdom Begins With Wonder” Socrates.

I am sure that I am not the only one, but I’m sure many other students who embarked on the wonderful degree in Education brought together an entire baggage of emotions filled with happiness and success but I’m sure that worries were part of it.

Blogs, wait a second… “I’ve never shared very much online.”

What should I write ?

How will it read ?

Does it make any sense ?

The first few weeks on University came to me as a surprise, along with many really interesting and wonderful aspects. Yet, one aspect which was worrying me was our own blog sites. Coming in with very little experience of writing and sharing my views with others was not something which I was familiar with. Especially only where so many people could be able to see it.

To start of with I was very reluctant to post anything online especially as I did not who I am sharing it and how they would perceive it as. I would sit and try and think of ideas but I was very much like this.

blank-computer-screen No ideas ! No creativity ! No enthusiasm !

Now, semester one is over and I just cannot believe the self confidence which I have gained, which pushes me to want to write, to communicate and develop professional dialogues.

eportfoilo nwHere are a few words which express how I feel now.

I feel that I have started to get into having a sense of collaborative work, peer assessment and reflection in place which allows me to see when and how I can develop.






1373247292-402_90SOEKB10 blog 1 This is a very inspirational quote which allows me to reflect and look into how I can reflect as professional. An integral part of the GTCS standards which demonstrates that a professional is one who dedicates themselves to professional learning and development.

DiamondL_tcm4-810673 This is a diagram which leave’s you with some interesting areas in which you can see and develop yourselves,

I have started off by showing my steps of development:

Start using references to CfE and GTCS;

Add extra reading and references.

Please feel free to give me any feedback on how I can improve….

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Reflecting on Reflection

2000px-Thought_bubble.svgI had always primarily thought of reflection as looking back at an experience or an idea and developing on it. However, as I have read further into it, I have come to know that reflection allows an individual to take a step back and question your work. It gives you an opportunity to question your belief and ideally see where you could be going wrong.


As a Student Teacher, reflecting on my learning will enable me to further my knowledge in certain areas but not only that, it will give me room to see aspects in which there is scope for development and also consider my weaknesses. In addition, reflecting at my assignments, will give me the fantastic opportunity to really think about where I am going right and what I can do to develop. It will allow me to take control of my own learning in various aspects and see how I can develop as an individual and as a Student Teacher.


Looking at Gibbs’ Model of Reflection (1988) I have been able to evaluate some of the main concepts that will go through the process of reflection. As a Teacher reflection will play a vital part in my day to day life. Reflection gives you an opportunity to consider solutions for your problems. Simple questions such as ‘what made today’s class success’ and ‘how can improve my time management’ will be stimulus to bigger and very important answers which will simultaneously effect my Professional Practice as well as impacting on my students.

Reflection is a process in which you can see yourself and your experience from a different perspective. Through which you allow yourself to question and to be critical about your work. Not only to develop yourself as an individual but to allow change to benefit others and the children who I will go onto teach.

Enquiring Practitioner

Enquiring Practitioner relates to life long learning, willing to listen and further questioning different issues around you. A summary of what it means to be an Enquiring Practitioner defined by Menter et al (2011), is a ‘finding out’ or an investigation with a rationale and approach that can be explained or defended.’ To ‘find out’ raises a huge aspect for me, to be willing to question the work I do and to ask a question about any problems that may be arising in the class setting with me a stimulus to an answer.

I was very mesmerised by the idea of “investigating through different lenses” (Donaldson 2011) opens up the idea of co-operative learning and working colligiately with staff and other educational organisations to further question your own work. Each person has a unique personality which allows them to have different perspectives and contrasting ideas which creates a ‘group dynamic’ ( Study Skills ). This enhances the idea of collegiality and working as part of a team. Working colligiately as a Teachear involves Staff meetings, joint planning and school events to name a few. Through these experiences Teachers have the opportunity to participate in group discussions and effectively contribute to the discussions.

The review also states that Teachers are ‘agents of their own learning’ which shows that Teachers have the responsibility to ongoing learning and being aware of updated rules and regulations. Practitioner Enquiry gives the Teacher a better understanding of their practices and allows them to investigate new strategies.

what-is-practitioner-enquiry-diagram It is cutial to question believes, assumptions, value and practices. Teachers has to challenge their professional practice in a manner which will benefit their students and in a way which will have a positive impact on them.

why-practitioner-enquiry-diagram Being an Enquiring Practitioner has many benefits to the Teacher, their students and the school as a whole. Being able to ask questions and convey your view point can have a wider benefit and answer wider questions. It keeps the Staff informed and maintains a collegiate attitude within them in which they are willing to work together to tackle many issues.

teachers-engaging-in-pe-570x428 This diagram here illustrates the numerous ways in which a Teacher can engage in Practioner Enquiry. It reflects deeply on the idea of a Teacher being open minded, willing to question and ‘having a critical hat on’ which allows you to take a step back assess what is happening.

‘It is argued by McLaughlin et al (2004) that teachers who engage in research have “better understanding of their practice and ways to improve it”.For some teachers, enquiry may promote levels of critical reflection that are ‘transformative’” . This is very crutial as it explains how an Enquiring Practioner will be willing to adapt to their norms in order to benefit their students. It is challenging for an individual to raise an issue, or your voice against the views of everyone else.

Even as a student, I will take part in many colligiate situations such as workshops, group assignments and peer feedback. I would have a professional responsibility and engage with the work I undertake, whilst questioning issues I am not fully understanding and being critical about different issues.

I have become aware of many new situations in which a Teacher can be an Enquiring Practitioner and how that effects their day to day life. I have a better understanding of how this will impact me as a Student Teacher and benefit me as a future Teacher.


Professionalism and the Online World- TDT

There are numerous challenges which come across when you put together the Personal vs Professional presence on social media. It is crucial to make sure that as a professional you have separate Social Media accounts so that your personal life does not come into your Professional life. Also, it is important what we make our Personal accounts private and ensure that we do not post something that will question our Professionalism. We can never accept, ‘friends’ request and never share our personal contact details with children as it becomes unacceptable to communicate with children in a personal manner.

Undeniably, Social Media is a form of technology which is embedded in our lives. There are numerous advantages and disadvantages that we must take into account. We need to understand that children will have access social media and we must incorporate the use of it in our classrooms in a safe and fun manner. We must promote the use of Social Media in an educational and fun manner which will encourage children to share their views and reflect on their learning.

However, we need to distinguish between our Personal and Professional accounts and must always communicate in appropriate channels. Having access to social media stops there being a boundary between communication within class and developing discussions and sharing opinions out-with class in relation to classwork.

In relation to GTCS Professional responsibility towards pupils (2.1)-

you must treat sensitive, personal information about pupils with respect and confidentiality and not disclose it unless required to do so by your employer or by law;

It is important that as a Professional, you do not share any information or comment about any aspects of your students life on social media which is not in context to education. It is vital that you do not keep in contact with children through your own, personal accounts and separate blogs or channels such a Glow are ideal to make sure that your pupils can contact you in regards to any classwork. In addition, the Teacher has to comply with employers policy and guidance and always communicate in a way which will not put your professionalism in doubt.

As Professionals we must teach and show a good example of using the internet safely and how to prevent and tackle Cyber Bullying. There are many resources that we should that we should make children aware of such as the NSPCC and educate them about the dangers of the internet and advise them on how to tackle any such situations. Children should be engaging with the internet and using channels like Glow to share and develop discussions but at the same time be aware on the potential dangers on Social Media and ensure that they are safe.