#158 Adam Boxer: explanations, retrieval and maths & science working together

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This episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast is kindly supported by the LUMEN Maths Network

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This time around I spoke to Adam Boxer.

Adam is the Head of Science at The Totteridge Academy, Co-founder of Carousel Learning and author of Teaching Secondary Science: a complete guide. He is a strong advocate of cognitive science and explicit instruction, and cameoed on the podcast during my teaching from home series during the first lockdown. I have been a big fan of Adam’s writing – both in the form of blogs and tweets – for many years, and the release of his first book marked the perfect time to get him back on the show for a proper chat.

We discussed the following, and plenty more besides:

  • What makes a good explanation?
  • What role does silence play in Adam’s lessons, and how has this changed over the years?
  • Is it important maths and science departments work together? If so, how?
  • What role does technology have to play in terms of retrieval?
  • Observation feedback, engaging with research, and so much more.

Whatever your style of teaching, experience or subject, I think you will get a lot out of this conversation.

On Twitter Adam is: @adamboxer1
Adam’s blog is: achemicalorthodoxy.wordpress.com
Adam’s book is: Teaching Secondary Science: a complete guide
Find out more about Carousel Learning here: carousel-learning.com

Adam Boxer’s Big 3
1. CogSciSci: cogscisci.wordpress.com
2. Joe Kirby: pragmaticreform.wordpress.com
3. Doug Lemov: teachlikeachampion.com

My usual plugs:

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