Review written by: @OLewis_coaching
Many of us pick and choose our reading depending on what CPD we feel we need at the time, if we need some escapism from educational literature altogether or if a book comes out that is a big hit and sends the twitter-sphere wild with discussion. Let’s not forget the books which are sound in their merits and rightly deserve more credit than perhaps they receive at the initial point of launch. Personally I would recommend this book to any Science teacher, as we can always improve our own practice along and in turn our pupils’ conceptual understanding.
I decided to read Tom’s books as I have a colleague in my department new to teaching Science and this book, I felt, would be a great guide for her. It provides fantastically practical advice on all areas of Science teaching from someone who has a clear passion for his subject. Little did I know I’d be gaining just as much from the book, if not more than my colleague. In a time where reforms are happening nationally, I’ve found it invaluable in guiding my thoughts and planning to ensure we are heading for better outcomes for our pupils’.
While Tom’s book “Teach Now! Science” is geared more towards training teachers and walking them through all the aspects of successful Science teaching from pedagogic ideas, effective assessment strategies, behaviour management techniques, curriculum planning and other areas of the job which we should all have a mastery level with. Of particular note are the chapters on planning for differentiation, classic teaching modes and Science as a practical subject; each providing clearly explained examples and where to focus your attention to ensure optimum results.
I found his advice insightful and energising, even when I’ve been teaching for a good few years now I still gained some great guidance and as a result will implement some new strategies to enhance my pupils’ learning experience. The book is packed full of excellent techniques, strategies and tips that help to celebrate both the joys of teaching science and the wonders of learning science. A must read for any avid Science teacher, teacher trainer or someone new to the profession.