Teaching practical science: chemistry NE705

Part of a suite of three, develop creative and exciting ways of teaching practicals in chemistry to engage your students on this free online CPD.


Summary

Go beyond ‘recipe following’ and use practical work in chemistry to support explanation of theory. It is essential that students studying chemistry are given the opportunity to practice and embed understanding of practical skills in preparation for the assessment of their learning. This free online course allows you to discuss the relationship between theoretical concepts and practical work, challenging you to think about what is happening in the classroom and what your students are learning through practical work in chemistry. Participants on this online course will develop and share creative ways of teaching practical chemistry with approaches that are applicable to a range of curricula, for example GCSE required practicals and other practical syllabuses for 14-16 year old students.

Course content:

  • practical work for 14-16 year olds for the following key topics: titration and salt preparation, rates of reaction, electrolysis
  • contextualising practical work in chemistry to the everyday environment
  • how progression in practical work impacts on students’ learning
  • assessment of learning through practical work
  • approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas

Outcomes

By the end of this online course, you will be able to:

  • improve your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in chemistry for 14-16 year olds
  • define effective learning outcomes for practical work in chemistry
  • reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students’ learning
  • design progression and assessment approaches within practical work
  • collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science

Notes

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