Why we should write our own science textbooks – Part 1 of my researchED Rugby talk

I used to think I was really ace for never using textbooks.

In my lessons, I said, you’ll be active learners.

You’ll learn by doing practicals, because that’s what real scientists do.

You won’t be reading about science – you’ll be doing it.

What a prat I was.

Like many people here today, I had something of a Twitter-induced epiphany – a Twittiphany? – and got switched on to what they call “traditional teaching”.

To knowledge, and the teacher as expert.

To direct instruction, for effective and efficient transfer of knowledge.

And strong discipline as a necessary precondition for great teaching.

In the past I had always believed my superiors when they told me things like “teacher talk is bad” and “pupils don’t learn out of textbooks”. I wanted to be a good employee. And yet. I wanted my pupils to get good grades, and I could get them, but…

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