The task of teaching pupils how to write is not reserved solely for English teachers. You cannot teach writing devoid of content, and you cannot truly say you teach a discipline unless your pupils become proficient at explaining the ideas of your subject in prose. So, teaching writing through your subject is inevitable.
Starting with this premise, I am excited to introduce a series of blog posts, written by a range of science teachers, that focus on writing in science: ‘Writing in Science: A Symposium’. Why have a series of blogs on writing, and why explicitly narrow it to science teaching?
To answer the second part of the question first, science is a subject discipline which demands a specific type of writing. Firstly, it requires the masterful use of domain-specific (tier 3) vocabulary. Often these words have homonyms which range from having wholly different meanings (e.g. tissue, field) to subtly…
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