Whether you are a student science teacher, an NQT, a KS2 co-ordinator or a teacher with some experience, this book is designed to make you a more confident, more knowledgeable and more up-to-date educational professional. Teaching science is hard work, so you cannot work harder but everyone can work smarter, or more effectively. This book aims to help you cope by showing you how to work "smarter" and therefore more effectively. You should learn more about the learning process as it applies to science and your students should be able to do more in the lab, speak more authoritatively about their work and learn more. It explains how a science department is usually organized, including how the students are grouped, how the curriculum is delivered and how to set aims and objectives for the science department as a whole.
John Guttridge is head of the Science College at a West Country School and is a very experienced science teacher. He has guided many young teachers through teaching practice and their first year of teaching. He is married and lives with his wife, who is an ordained Church of England Minister, in the West Country.
The book explains: *How a science department is usually organised, including how the students are grouped and how the curriculum is delivered. *How to set aims and objectives for the science department as a whole *How to implement homework policies with your groups *How the key stage 3 curriculum is determined and how to teach by the 'spiral curriculum' *The 8 components of a science unit that you need to use in good teaching and learning *The 8 basic principles of the key stage 3 National Strategy that you will use *The 7 key scientific skills that are essential in your teaching *The 5 different thinking skills that your students need to be taught *The 4 sections in the programme of Study that you will use in your daily teaching *The 2 main forms of the science double award that you will teach at Key stage 4 *The 6 components in A level exam structures that you will teach at A level *The accelerated learning cycle and how to use it in your lessons *How to ask questions and get decent answers from students in your lessons *The 4 approaches to differentiation that you will use in lesson planning *The 8 types of intelligence and how to harness this power in your lessons *The 3 sections of a good discipline plan and how to implement it in your laboratory *The 10 success tips for effective science teaching that make you a top science teacher *The 7 components of a top science lesson and how to integrate them into your lesson plan *The 9 coping strategies that you will need to use to cope with the paper mountain *The 10 areas of successful professional development that you will need to use in your induction year *The 4 aspects of further professional development you will need in your school *The 6 approaches for integrating ICT/ILT into your science lessons *The pastoral role and how to cater for the needs of your tutees and their parents *How to organise a good safe demonstration in your laboratory.