On the 24th May 2010, a new SQA Qualification Design Team met in Glasgow to begin the process of coming up with a new suite of Biology National Qualifications as part of Curriculum for Excellence, which I was fortunate enough to be part of. As expected, the meetings which followed over the next few years…

I’m quite inspired by Ewan’s idea of a problem finder curriculum, but I’m not entirely sure how to get there to be honest…however it has encouraged me to persevere with trying to give my pupils’ greater ownership over their own learning, and making their learning more real. I know it’s nowhere near the idea that…

In June of this year I was lucky enough to attend the Cramlington Learning Festival, something I’ve already mentioned on here. One of the sessions I attended was led by the inspiring Darren Mead, who shared his Project Based Learning mantra with us: “Do the project first”. In other words, if you’re going to set…

Following from my previous post, I’ve been preparing the lessons for the class I’m going to using the learning cycle with – one of my S3 Intermediate 1 Biology classes. We’ll be learning about the heart when we return after the summer break, and so I’ve been trying to use the learning cycle to plan…

We changed our timetable this week and have made start on 2011/12, which means I got to meet my new classes and get going on their new courses. This is such a crucial time. Somehow, you’ve got to find the balance between setting the right tone with your new classes and the inevitable wind down…