I have always believed in making science more human, personal and understood. I am a person who in my 77th year is at last realising how to possibly increase implementation of these ideas.
Further, SCIENCE IS FOR EVERYONE, ALL THE TIME, EVERY UNIVERSE.
I was brought up in British comprehensive education followed by a degree at Liverpool University in Chemistry and Metallurgy ; All my teaching has been in the 11 to 18 yrs age range and reached scholarship standards ; Served as a Chemistry teaching assistant in 3 grammar schools [one abroad] and 2 private schools ; acted as a co-author in two Chemistry books, Acted as an assistant GCSE and CSE examiner ; Assisted in the dissemination throughout the HOME counties of the Nuffield A level Chemistry course; Gained an M.A in Education at Reading University. Most importantly I spent 30 years as the Head of Chemistry at Reading’s first comprehensive teaching where possible Nuffield Chemistry. All the while bringing up 3 children of our own and helped with 5 grandchildren. ‘Retirement Careers’ included Social Interviewing, stress management and computer based training.
I have learned most from teaching the Nuffield Science schemes – not available when I was a pupil – and from all those brave children, mostly in my comprehensive schools who asked “Please sir, what do I do next?”. Nuffield Science has IMO given the greatest responsibility to pupils in drawing conclusions from investigations – but not across the full spectrum of abilities – as I would have wished.
Further reading :
1. A wider list of my activities are best found by looking up my page in the LINKED IN application.
2. I am on Facebook and on Twitter as @mcflewster.