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Spring 2013

25/04/13  |  London

Pitcher plants as tiny ecosystems – educational microcosms for IBSE

Large and complex topics, like how ecosystems work for example, can be challenging to explain. Using small, observable experiments can therefore be useful in simulating of landscape-scale processes. Scientists have used pitcher plants as tiny model ecosystems to study how “tipping points” are triggered in lakes and ponds. Perhaps this could generate some ideas for IBSE demonstrations?

18/04/13  |  London

'Decomposition challenge' - New INQUIRE resource

Learn how to use a mouldy and a fresh fruit to teach in an interesting way decomposition. This new lesson developed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew supports the ‘How Science Works’ aspect of KS3 and KS4 curriculum.

10/04/13  |  London

Empty Classroom Day

Join the Empty Classroom Day and take learning outdoors on Friday 5th July 2013.

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What is the biggest barrier to implementing IBSE in your practice?

Concern that I might lose control over the class during IBSE activities
Knowing which questions to ask to facilitate the IBSE activity
Changing from a didactic approach to an inquiry-based approach
Concern that the students will not be able to carry out the IBSE activities
Lack of confidence in delivering IBSE



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