This area of my website is still under development. I am working through all of my own little tips and those that have been kindly shared by the teaching community over the years that I have found have worked. Clearly mainly in teaching Science and Physics.

I will try and give credit to anyone and all places (I can find) for things that are created by others but as we know in teaching most ideas are cycled around over and over. My mum who was teaching when I was a baby often reminds me of this. So before you try and own it, make sure it is really yours.  I have seen a lot of books recently where the author seems to claim ownership of research by a professor from many years ago. I understand the need for people to make a living. However, I am just sharing for free!

I would also say if anyone has any tips they wish to share, I am happy to host them, but only if they work of course.

One last have learned over the past 20 years is that I have seen many people promoted on the “next big thing” which by the time the school realises it is not it is simply too late. I will promise everyone that these ideas really do work as I use them now when possible in my own lessons.


Daniel Powell

(Director @aniscience)

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15 Ingredients for a Successful TEAM in a School

I was sent this infographic from my colleague Richard Mahoney over at https://www.lnkd.in/gnFpXuU which is really great at looking at TEAMS and how they function.
I put it on a post and then thought, actually I have lots of helpful ideas for teachers just starting out at running their own departments in a school setting who …

Behaviour in Schools – Ensuring Progress

I was looking at Evidence Based Teaching factors in a previous article when it struck me how important behaviour is as a factor in all of this.
The studies showed that poor behaviour can cost around 1 to 2 grades on average in a class which means that you will never get a progress 8 score …

Challenge Boards

Here is a quick presentation to share letting you know about the use of “challenge boards”.
They essentially work as mini-plenary tasks or tasks at the end of the lesson. It is important that students have learning that they can apply to the task so I wouldn’t recommend use in the first 15-20 mins of the …

Classroom Methods – Physics

This resource is simply a collection of revision ideas or classroom activities which work and I have used in past and still use now.
They come from many different places and I think no one educator can claim ownership as they have been adapted so many times and some I have created myself.
I am only posting …

Cornell Noting in Science Lessons

There are many ways of taking notes in school or at the university. However, there is one note-taking technique that is proven to be superior to others and is more efficient to create and easier to review notes. Its called “Cornell Note Taking”. It is a system for taking, organising and reviewing notes devised by Prof. Walter Pauk …

Effective Practical Work in the Science Classroom

I have spent an awful of time planning and delivering practical Science over the years to a wide variety of pupils of all ages in all areas of Science KS3/4 and Physics at KS5. I think the key to most of it is meticulous planning and your understanding of what is happening.

You can “wing” some …

Evidence Based Teaching in Science

This resource is designed to rework some of Petty’s 2010 work on Hattie and Marzano’s research on “EBT” – evidence based teaching. i.e. what actually works for real. Again it is pretty clear that most of these ideas are in daily use in classrooms in most schools all around the world. This document is useful …

Gifted and Talented @ Science

I always think this is quite a complex part of teaching Science and nobody gets it right all the time. It also can be quite daunting for some teachers who start out from an average understanding of their own subject at a classroom level, despite a 1st from Cambridge!
They suddenly find themselves pushed forwards to …

Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students

It is clear from national data and the NFER 2015 Paper that there is a massive disparity for KS4 outcomes across UK schools. We also find from research, and common sense that there are several clear factors found in schools where pupils tended to be above the average progress line. I have always been clear …

Practical – Action Physics Research Project

This work was an interesting  project which started off with an idea of how to encourage pupils to do more practical work in Physics, and ended up being part of a Science Action Physics research project published by Southampton University. 
The funding for the equipment originally came from the Science Learning Centre and then we were …

Rosenshine Principals

This is all about an interesting piece of quite old action educational research produced by Robert Stevens and Barak Rosenshine and has revised many times over.
They were trying to produce a commonality between lessons and what is required to produce “good learning”. They initially came up with 6 instructional teaching functions which I would say …

Self Regulated Learning – Vygotsky

A focus on the metacongition or the idea of “self regulated learning” by pupils peer assessing test questions & assessment points, they work as a pair and use proper mark schemes, are pushed to analyse and evaluate their answers and compare to the “model” and to their “peer” assessors answer. The teacher can then also …

Using WordPress for elearning

WordPress  is a very a flexible platform for Education communicators to bring together all the facets of elearning they want their pupils to see. I personally use WordPress as the main part of animatedscience which enables me to pull together my youtube content on Science, my twitter feeds @animatedsci  and also a link to moodle sites and other materials I have online for teaching. You can also promote …