April 26, 2019

You have started your revision in earnest. Maybe you have spent some time making a lovely colour coded revision plan. Sometimes, you wake up and decide what to revise there and then.

You realise that you have two (or maybe even three!) year's worth of material to get th...

August 30, 2018

The frenzy of the exam results is over. Now that the dust has settled, what have we learnt?

We learnt that the whole process was stressful for everyone.

I was still teaching when the new specifications were coming out. However, like most schools in the UK, we had actuall...

August 17, 2018

I did my first escape room a few weeks back and I loved it. We had to unlock the safe that contained an antidote to a deadly disease that had broken out across the world. The problems we had to use included:

Knowledge of the location of the elements on the periodic tabl...

August 12, 2018

Creativity has done a lot for me. I have a brilliant time, writing gamebooks

The writing I did has had some secondary benefits. Besides opening a whole new network of gamebook fans and writers to me, I have had to educate myself on several topics in order to write the b...

July 13, 2018

I've always been very interested in the future. 

My first exposure to the study of the future was in Alvin Toffler's book Future Shock where he predicted (in 1970!) that schools would evolve into community centres where children could go and do projects. Although this i...

July 5, 2018

Exam season has ended and so a new routine of tutoring has begun with some new people.

I'm currently listening to an audiobook with the snappy title of Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, Or, How to Become an Expert in Just abou...

June 28, 2018

This week, I did a lesson with a home ed group on making fire.

We had decided to do lessons about the science of things going back in time, so I decided to go back to the beginning and start with one of the earliest inventions. It was good timing as I had also finished...

June 21, 2018

All the science GCSEs are over and, if you took them, I hope they went well for you. This was the first year of the new GCSEs and I am very interested to see what the new spread of grades will be and also what they grade boundaries are.

(In case you don't know, all the...

June 14, 2018

I'm listening to Neurotribes

by Steve Silberman and Oliver Sacks. It is a history of the treatment of autism and how to approach autism. It is providing pretty disturbing reading. in the past, autistic children were seen as needing "cures" using everything from diets th...

June 7, 2018

Sometimes, I'm amazed by some of the questions I get from GCSE and A level students. Sometimes these questions demonstrate a really high level of thinking about the subject and a deep understanding.

And then some of them are really fundamental that should have been told...

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