Cell models

My year 8 science class have just finished their unit on cells. As part of the unit, students constructed cell models. I was impressed with the level of creativity in which their models were presented. Some students even went to the effort of making cakes.

Overall the students enjoyed the task and explained to me that it really helped them visualise the different basic organelles of which cells are made … Read more

Social teaching strategies: Edmodo online classroom software review.

Over the last three weeks I have been experimenting with Edmodo, a social learning network which enables teachers to share content, distribute quizzes, assignments, and manage communication. While most schools have some form of online learning management system (LMS), Edmodo boasts streamlined communication with students, colleagues, and parents,

The situation:

I am currently teaching science and biology at a high school in the UK and see 13 different classes from … Read more

Stage I Biology Unit Plan Example: Ecosystems

In this post I would like to share a unit plan I have put together for teaching ecosystems to year 11 students.  This unit leads up to a field trip to a local Mangrove ecosystem. There are two assessment items (details below): An open book reading comprehension test (answers provided) and a two part write up on the mangrove excursion.

SACE Stage I Biology Area of Study: Ecology

Unit duration:

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Year 9 Science Unit – Waves. Sound, Light and Radioactivity

In this post I would like to share a unit I have put together for teaching waves, sound, light and radioactivity. You can access and download the materials for this unit here

Year level: 9

Unit Duration: 4 weeks, 20 lessons.


Questions and answers are also provided for the assessment items. Individual lesson breakdown including key questions, backup tasks and homework are detailed below.


Chronological Order of Read more

‘Stile’ engaging students in flipped learning activities

Over the last few weeks I have been experimenting with the online software ‘Stile’ which engages students in flipped learning activities which can be easily modified for each class.This software was incredibly beneficial for my teaching to  improve classroom workflow, differentiate teaching pedagogy and provide feedback to students. From my experience I have found that

Stile helps enable modern pedagogy through:

  • Flipped learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Visible thinking
  • Data-informed teaching
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