Improve student learning in biology practical lessons
There are only so many ways a student can look at an onion cell, so how do we engage students with biology practicals?
On this course, you will discuss the relationship between theoretical concepts and practical work, and consider closely what is happening in your own classroom during biology practicals.
You will also develop and share creative ways of teaching practical biology with approaches that apply to a range of situations including GCSE required practicals.
What topics will you cover?
Practical work for 14-16-year-olds for the key topics of enzymes, microscopy, and microbiology.
Contextualising practical work in biology to the everyday environment.
How progression in practical work impacts on students’ learning.
Assessment of learning through practical work in biology.
Approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Improve your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in biology for 14-16-year-olds.
- Develop effective learning outcomes for practical work in biology.
- Reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students’ learning.
- Design progression and assessment approaches within practical work in biology.
- Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science.
Who is the course for?
The course has been designed as CPD for teachers of science subjects for 14-16-year-olds. Teachers of biology, early career teachers, returning teachers, non-specialist teachers, technicians and teaching assistants will gain from the peer learning and resources available on this course.
Learn from national CPD subject leaders, the experience of other teachers and access high quality supporting resources throughout this course.
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Last updated February 12, 2018