Last updated: 28th June 2019. I will add to this as and when I’m able to…

I’ve spent a lot of time speaking to people about the EEF Science Guidance Report , and thought it might be useful to start gathering reading and resources, sorted by the relevant topic. I’ve included each recommendation here with relevant links after each one. Please do suggest anything that I’ve missed, and should be added.

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EiC 7 Simples: Challenging misconceptions

EiC 7 Simples: Build understanding through debate

BEST evidence in Science teaching: diagnositc questions

BEST evidence in Science teaching: response activities

Best Evidence Science Teaching resources (including diagnostic questions)

National Strategies: Misconceptions in KS3 Science

My mum and misconceptions

Using test data to find misconceptions in secondary science

Kind: Beyond Appearances – Students misconceptions about basic chemical ideas

Do Students Know What They Know and What They Don’t Know? Using a Four-Tier Diagnostic Test to Assess the Nature of Students’ Alternative Conceptions

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EiC 7 Simples: Show students how to direct their own learning

EiC 7 Simples: Thinking about thinking promotes problem solving

KS5 Chemistry structure strips

Stoking debate in the classroom

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EiC 7 Simples How to Teach Scientific Models

EiC 7 Simples Develop Deeper Understanding with models

EiC 7 Simples Reflect on your use of models

They’ll learn more with bar models

Reasons to craft your own molecular models

Using models in the classroom

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EiC 7 Simples: Retrieving knowledge already learned

EiC 7 Simples: Revisiting knowledge to improve recall

EiC 7 Simples: Asking why builds learning

EiC 7 Simples Reduce cognitive load to build knowledge

Efrat Furst’s site.

really good introduction to how and why you might use retrieval practice in Science.

A collection of retrieval roulettes from a range of teachers, collated by Adam Boxer here.

David Paterson has been looking at the impact of using practical sheets with integrated instructions, and you can read more (and download the sheets) here, Adam Boxer has also produced some here.

20 Ideas and strategies for student-led dual coding

“Show your working!”


Interleaving- a concrete example

Knowledge Organisers for locked-out learners

Goal-free approach

Rosalind Walker has produced textbooks with lots of practice questions for each topic she teaches in Physics and Adam Boxer has also written “mastery” booklets here. He’s also produced them for all the AQA required practicals. Pritesh Raichura has written a beautiful post about how and why he designs Biology textbooks, with some examples to download here.

#CogSciSci – an introduction

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EiC 7 Simples: Promote understanding with practical work

EiC 7 Simples: Why practical work builds reasoning

Alom Shaha – Making effective use of practical work

Improving practicals with integrated instructions

Practical: Young People’s view on Science education from the Wellcome Trust Science Education Tracker

Integrated instructions AQA Chem required practicals

The Slow Practical

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EiC 7 Simples: How to help students decode science vocabulary

EiC 7 Simples: Quick wins to promote comprehension

EiC 7 Simples: Teaching challenging vocabulary

EiC 7 Simples: Understanding comes with writing

#Sciencestories project

KS3 National Strategies: Literacy in Science materials

Writing in Science  and  Writing in Science Symposium

Characteristics of Science Vocabulary and some classroom tools

Avoid the pitfalls of language

Closing the word gap

A collection of Science Stories #ScienceStories

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EiC 7 Simples: Improving feedback

EiC 7 Simples: Why reflection is better than grades

One of the most important things I ever read in recent years was A Marked Improvement.

This article by Dan Beech is really useful on how to help students reflect on feedback, rather than just look at their grade and forget it.

No more marking

Collection of feedback (and marking) links

Get down and DIRTy with your marking

Kluger and deNisi (1996) The Effects of Feedback Interventions on Performance: A Historical Review, a Meta-Analysis, and a Preliminary Feedback Intervention Theory

Is formative assessment fatally flawed? Confusing learning & performance


Best Evidence Science Teaching resources (including diagnostic questions)

Adam Boxer’s useful bits and pieces (of research)

KS3 Science links from @ScienceMrsA