began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA
profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.
Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File.
Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, has
been portrayed on stage and screen and has the highest profile of the five
children. Continue reading Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling
The long summer
holiday is almost upon us. Six weeks of lazy mornings. I don’t have to drag the
children out of bed and push them off to school. Routine is out of the window.
It’s great for a few days and then someone utters those words “mum, I’m bored”. Continue reading Inspiration for Budding Scientists
boundaries are always the cause of much speculation. Are they high? Low? Does
it mean anything?
The bottom line is that students think that low grade boundaries are wonderful – but are they? And does it matter anyway? Continue reading Grade Boundaries – Why Do They Move?
new to me. I knew of them as a theoretical concept but didn’t know that they
had been given a name of their own. With thanks to the Edexcel Examination
Board and the publication of the scientific article for use with A Level
Biology Paper 3 this year, I’ve been on a journey of discovery in the organoid
world. Continue reading Organoids – what on earth are they?
It’s quite difficult to name more than a handful of female scientists, and I’m always on the lookout for some names that I’ve not come across before. A short while ago I was given a book, “Women in Science – 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world” and one in particular has caught my eye. Continue reading A Scientist and a Suffragette – what’s not to like?
The question I most dread from a student is “how do I revise?” In today’s qualification driven society, the need to learn and regurgitate information has never been more important – and more pointless. Continue reading Learning for the Sake of Learning
I’ve been a private tutor for twelve years. I’ve had dealings in a professional capacity with a variety of tutors, from on-line forums to professional recommendations, from offering advice to tutors starting out to frantically seeking tutors for my own children in emergency situations! We’re a very mixed bunch. Continue reading Private Tutors – Professional Educators or a Means to Earn Pin Money?
Genetically modifying animals has never sat very comfortably on my conscience. I’ve just come across an article that has done much to change my mind. A professor with family roots in the Cameroon, is leading pioneering science to genetically modify livestock to survive adverse conditions in poorer parts of the world. Continue reading Genetic Engineering – Not Necessarily for Profit
There is no better way to engage young children in science that to offer to let them do ‘an experiment’. The golden rule before you begin anything vaguely scientific with a small child is to establish the very first law of laboratory safety. Don’t put anything in your mouth! Or, in any other orifice for that matter. So, not only must you not eat anything, you must not suck pens, or fingers, or hair, or anything else creative – and as soon as you have finished, you must wash your hands. With the boring bit – and the most important bit – dealt with, it’s time to get on. Continue reading Kitchen Chemistry – Growing Crystals
When the new curriculum was introduced three or four years ago, there was an outcry when it was announced that the ‘practical exam’ was being dropped. At the time, the media fed us a frenzy half truths, suggesting that practical skills were no longer important in science. While I am happy to lament the lack of practical experiences in the lower school, (after all, teaching science without practicals is akin to teaching food tech without cooking) once we reach A Level, I quite like the new system. Continue reading The Importance of the A Level Biology Core Practicals