Teaching practical science: chemistry NE705
Develop creative and exciting ways of teaching practical work in chemistry to engage your students and progress learning.
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 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.
On this course you’ll 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.
“This course gave me lots of ideas around use of analogies and options for practical lessons involving difficult concepts.” Secondary teacher, UK.
Who is it for?
What topics are covered?
This course covers:
- 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.
How will you learn?
How long is this course?
By the end of this 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 colleagues to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science.