Declan Fleming is an RSC School Teacher Fellow (at the University of Bath), a secondary chemistry teacher and freelance science communicator

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What a Tweet!

What a Tweet!

Students entering university generally come from a background where they have been used to significantly smaller class sizes than they are exposed to in a lecture theatre. Here the learning process is more dynamic, and (certainly in my own lessons) has a lot in common with a guided discussion.One of the things I wanted to...
Have you done this week's "Pre-Lec"?

Have you done this week’s “Pre-Lec”?

When I studied at university I was acutely aware from speaking to my peers that our educational experiences were in many cases dramatically different. I remember cruising through lecture courses whilst my friends next to me would be sat there grinding their teeth in confused terror and I also remembered the moment I gave up on...
Lecture Capture at Bath

Lecture Capture at Bath

This morning I found the most recent edition of “New Directions …” hiding in the post room and nabbed it for a browse whilst I sat in Ian Williams’ lecture. For those of you who are unfamiliar with New Directions, it seems to be the place to publish for pesky interfering Teacher Fellows when they want to tell...
What do university chemistry students know?

What do university chemistry students know?

I’m nearly two months into my fellowship and suddenly I find the cashpoints are empty of ten pound notes. There are noisy, scruffy people everywhere trying to instigate conversations with me by exchanging stories of queues (this is flattering given my age) and the trees are competing with flyers to litter the streets. Smells like...