Meeting 3

Meeting 3

Meeting 3 took place at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 25 January 2011. Download the agenda here.



The meeting began with  a summary of the work of the project to date. Download the PowerPoint here.

Participants considered the tool, 10 ways to support and challenge advanced learners, which provides a framework to support a conversation with colleagues in school

How do we create more active, independent learners? (Matt Dickenson)

Download the PowerPoint here.
  • What do we mean by independent learning in Science?
  • How can we subvert/reduce the challenge in learning for advanced learners with EAL?
  • What do able but dependent learners look like?
  • How do we ensure that learners are actually required to think?

Integrating language and content – scaffolding open-ended tasks (Manny Vazquez)

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  • How useful are conventional EAL planning tools when considering investigative tasks?
  • How can we support and scaffold learning for advanced learners without removing the challenge from the task?

Assessment for learning (Helen Wilson)

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  • How can we assess creatively in science?
  • How does assessment interact with the issue of EAL?

Promoting higher order thinking and creativity through language in science (Pat O’Brien)

How can we promote higher order thinking through language? A range of different strategies were explored to show how specific thinking tools can be exploited to develop formal and scientific language. Examples for both primary and secondary science contexts are provided with each.

  • Playing with language in science (download). Illustrated examples showing how 11 different thinking tools can be used to teaching language and thinking together.
  • Promoting higher order thinking and creativity through language (download)