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Welcome to the STEM Community.  It's a safe, professional space for you to collaborate with fellow professionals to find solutions which unlock your potential. As members of the community, you can build a supportive network and explore ways to improve the quality of your teaching.  It's your STEM Community, there's so much that you - the members - will learn from each other and we are here to learn from you too!  We'll encourage you, stimulate some discussion and, from time to time, signpost some useful things.  We're excited to find out what you will discover and share with your fellow members...

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  • Posted in: 11-19 Science

    Hi Sarah, your point about these alternative conceptions being difficult to change is important to get across to your trainees. Children will give you the 'science answer' whilst in your classroom as they try to please you, but flip back to their original ...

  • Posted in: 11-19 Science

    The BEST resources can be found here: https://www.stem.org.uk/best-evidence-science-teaching ------------------------------ Karen Hornby Community Manager ------------------------------

  • Posted in: 11-19 Science

    Thanks @Joelle Nicholson - I'd forgotten about that one. I wonder if it was so prevalent when the Limestone Cycle used to be taught in Chemistry? ​ ------------------------------ Sarah Longshaw ------------------------------

  • Posted in: 11-19 Science

    Thanks @Kim Swift - I think the BEST resources are so helpful here. You make a really good point about the importance of getting pupils talking (to understand their thinking) and then also providing evidence to challenge those misconceptions. ​​ ------------------------------ ...

  • Posted in: 11-19 Science

    Thanks @Adam Little , I too am a huge fan of Ros Driver's work - I still have my book , bought when I did my PGCE (and I'm not going to admit how long ago that was!!!). I also love the suggestion for addressing the misconception around force - it's so ...

  • Posted in: 11-19 Science

    Hi @Henry Hammond I think your reply highlights two of the challenges - that these ideas often arise early in our lives and are thus strongly embedded (and indeed often hard to change) and that they can arise from all sorts of places - not always school ...

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  • Thanks to @Colin Hanfrey for letting us know about this. Do you have an idea for bringing research alive in schools? The 2021 round for funding of Royal Society Partnership Grants is now open- a great opportunity to gain funding for an exciting project that could form the basis of a STEM club at school. Open to primary, secondary and post-16. They are running training on how to apply, if you are unfamiliar with the process. Partnership Grants | Royal Society Good luck if you apply ...

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