Mary Howell's public profile

UsernameMary Howell
OrganisationNational STEM Learning Centre
Current RoleConsultant/adviser

Professional Development Leader and Freelance education consultant with an interest in literacy through science, active learning, plant science and all things biology. I work with science teachers, technicians and senior leaders, to make science meaningful, motivating and engaging. Many years of secondary school science teaching and leading learning, followed by consultancy experience at local and national level, makes me an experienced, but approachable practitioner.
Seeking new opportunities to support all aspects of STEM learning, biology and fellow practitioners.
Specialisms: bespoke experiences, coaching and mentoring, resource development and review, enquiry based learning, literacy and numeracy through subjects such as science and DT. CLEAPSS Badged Trainer for microbiology.


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Taking learning outside: how you can celebrate Fascination of Plants Day

Sometimes people find it difficult to get themselves enthused about plants, let alone their students. To tie in with Fascination of Plants Day and Outdoor Classroom Day on 18 May 2017, I decided to see if I could think of anything fascinating about a notoriously dull plant, celery.Apart from wondering if eating celery makes you use up more...


Is it ever OK to admit you find teaching biology difficult?

Chatting with a colleague the other day, I had one of those light bulb moments. She said how difficult it was for her to admit that she found teaching biology difficult.As a degree qualified chemist with industry experience, she had subject expertise and plenty of ideas for teaching chemistry and physics, but didn’t feel confident about her...