Supporting Learning: Thinking 3D

New resources, for Mathematics, Art & Design, and History of Medicine, all inspired by an exhibition celebrating the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition Thinking 3D ran at the Bodleian Libraries during 2019. It explored the legacy of da Vinci and his contemporaries for portraying, modelling and thinking about three dimensions. In my role … Continue reading “Supporting Learning: Thinking 3D”

Supporting Learning: a sci-fi / fantasy writing pack

Who writes the future? is a creative writing resource for schools from the Bodleian Libraries. Based on materials and activities used in a Summer School writing course, I developed this pack into a workshop for visiting schools. Drawing on lessons learned from these workshops, the pack is now available for free download from the Bodleian’s … Continue reading “Supporting Learning: a sci-fi / fantasy writing pack”

Supporting Learning: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

One event that had become a regular feature of the schools’ education programme at the Bodleian Libraries is the annual study day for A Level English Literature students studying Chaucer. It hasn’t been possible to a physical event this year, so the event will move online. This has allowed us to explore ways in which … Continue reading “Supporting Learning: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales”

Supporting Learning: History of Medicine

A new series of resources that I have been working on is designed to support teaching of the history of medicine. Moments in Medicine was originally conceived as a workshop session for school groups visiting the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford. We have now adapted it as a series of free resources available online on the … Continue reading “Supporting Learning: History of Medicine”

Supporting Learning: Teaching Study Skills

Last month, I wrote about a series of Study Skills Guides I had produced as part of my work at The Bodleian Libraries in Oxford. They are available online as part of our OxLibris programme. I have now finished a set of tutorials that take students through the topics covered. These are Primarily designed to … Continue reading “Supporting Learning: Teaching Study Skills”

Supporting learning: Study Skills

As part of my work in the education team at The Bodleian Libraries we have recently overhauled our resources to support the development of study skills. In part this has been in response to feedback about our OxLibris programme which supports students researching for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). We support local schools in developing … Continue reading “Supporting learning: Study Skills”

Supporting Learning: HOPE for the future

My work at the Oxford Museum of Natural History is in the Learning Team of the NLHF-funded HOPE for the future project. Our aim was to commence visiting schools in Summer 2020 but this was put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we altered our focus to providing resources online that teachers could either … Continue reading “Supporting Learning: HOPE for the future”

Working for HOPE

This post was originally published as a Series of tweets in a social media thread from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History as part of my ‘Twitter Takeover’ week in November 2020. It gives an insight into my work with schools in the learning team of the HOPE for the Future project, funded by … Continue reading “Working for HOPE”

‘Do earwigs really eat your brains?’ and other pressing questions.

An interview for the University of Oxford Environmental Sustainability Group about my schools outreach work with the HOPE for the Future project at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford: You might also be interested in the Insect Investigators Summer School we are running in August 2021, and the online resources we produced for … Continue reading “‘Do earwigs really eat your brains?’ and other pressing questions.”

Coronavirus, cool heads and ‘reopening’ schools

Much is being said and written at the moment about whether schools in England should ‘reopen’ on 1 June. Of course, the question isn’t actually about whether they should open or close because they are already open to vulnerable children of key workers. The real debate is about the conditions and timescale for the safe … Continue reading “Coronavirus, cool heads and ‘reopening’ schools”