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Four steps to explaining scientific concepts

How do you explain new, abstract and complex ideas effectively in the classroom?

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How to use multiple choice questions for formative assessment

Well-designed MCQs can help assess chemical understanding and identify misconceptions

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How to deal with hate and intolerance in the classroom

Practical approaches to deal with hurtful remarks from students

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Embedding formative assessment in practical work

Encouraging discussion and peer support

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How to engage more students with science

What the science capital teaching approach can do for you

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July 2017: find out how bailing buckets can help students understand equilibrium and discover what makes them aspire to a career in science.

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Adopting an open minded approach to interdisciplinary science

17 October 2017By Joel Loveridge

Students reject topics they see as outside their own discipline, but researchers and educators are guilty of it too

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Transfer of learning: thinking well

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Three thoughts to help apply learning to new problems

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Need some fake snow for your Christmas party? Simply look inside an astronaut’s suit

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A real fake tan: melanin minus mutation

Rowan Frame explains how a new drug might make sunburn a thing of the past


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Capable of dissolving gold and platinum, the most aristocratic of acids

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The irritating compounds responsible for the poison ivy rash