Glen Gilchrist

Decoupling “fairness" from “one variable at a time" Central to the vast majority of KS2-KS5 science investigations is the concept of “fair test". So ingrained is fairness, that pause and ask a leading question…."what do we need to do…." and your...
Up until 2 years ago, I used to give a “using data" in the classroom Twilight to our NQTs and new staff. Stuff like - baseline testing, CATS, FFT and record keeping. Went down quite well - but maybe I laboured the importance of real statistics...
Data rich but information poorBackstory - number 1 son’s Year 8 parents evening tonight, which is always a bit of a challenge as a teacher myself. Just like Doctors make the worst patients, teachers make with worst parents on parents evening....
This is an updated and modified version of a blog post previously focused on my secondment work to the Hwb project and the difficulty in maintaining the repository when we don't have sourcedocuments. I never thought that I'd concern...
As an educator, blogger and wannabe author (Beyond the Mean) I've invested far too many hours of my life "testing" tools to make the content creation and publication process as painless as possible. I've finally come to the...
Labels disable - as the saying goes. But some words or labels have specific meanings that for some reason we refuse to use. As a scientist I cringe when I hear of information or ideas spreading through a school “by diffusion" or even worse “by...
I know it’s the scientist in me, but before I can totally accept an idea I like to read for myself some evidence supporting an assertion. Otherwise, I am operating solely on belief, and that’s a whole new set of dilemmas.As the summer holidays...
In putting together these posts on data fails in schools, I thought I’d look at some national figures - so here are the official figures for 5 A*-C (or equivalent) for Wales, by Local Authority: And, the same data for just English (or first...
I post regularly about how schools use data and visualisations in a very ineffective manner and I've started to reflect on the question of "why do schools get it wrong". I'll try and make sense of my thoughts below: Data as a...
Back in January 2011 I blogged under a similar title about science practicals and the benefit of researching in school. This post is an attempt to bring those thoughts up to date. Science teachers the world over, must be familiar with the...