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Treasure of Teaching

DSC00237[10]The past week or so has probably been the busiest period of teaching for me ever. I have been running practical teaching sessions in the museum for our zoology, biology, plant science and environmental science students, as well as teaching children of all ages from a large number of local schools.

Last week was particularly full on, as it was National Science Week and I also took animals out to schools in Cheshire and Lancashire, including Elton High School in Bury and Manor Park School and Nursery in Knutsford (pictured above). It was such a pleasure for me to deliver the sessions and I would very much like to thank Dave Thompson and Andy Sinnott for organising these two sessions in particular. Following my visit to Manor Park nursery, the older pupils from the school came to the museum for a special visit and animal session, which the children really seemed to enjoy.


Photo kind courtesy of Alex Gabb

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to contribute to the many superb activities being organised by Emma Lewis and my university colleagues from our Widening Participation Department for National Science and Engineering week 2013, after I was invited to present a special guest lecture.  All in all we had a total of 857 young people visit as part of the initiative!

IMG_2625The last lesson I ran at the museum was on Friday, where I taught our undergraduate students whilst also using the live animal’s from our collection. Being able to incorporate the use of the live specimens really brings these sessions to life and this particular lesson focuses on adaptation in reptiles and amphibians, as well as how to develop and use dichotomous keys.

IMG_2609I would like to say a very big thanks to all the colleagues and demonstrators who helped me deliver the sessions, you were all stars! I very much hope that the session was useful and enjoyed by the many students who attended and would be very grateful for any feedback from the students I have taught over the past couple of weeks so as to further improve what is being offered. Below are some photos taken during the sessions which I thought you might like to see, and please follow this link if you would like to see more photos from the past 4 year’s Undergraduate Teaching.

Although the many activities and sessions over the past few weeks have kept me extremely busy, I feel so lucky to be able to share my subject and interest with others. Seeing the eyes of children light up when they hear about and see such wonderful creatures is a treasure to behold – and what a wonderful reward that is for me. Thank you to all who have made it possible for me to have such opportunities, I really appreciate it.


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2 Responses

  1. The children at Manor Park School and Nursery really enjoyed your visit and have been talking a lot about all the different animals you brought, especially about when the frogs tried to jump out of their hands! Thank you so much for visiting and giving the children an opportunity to hold and touch such amazing animals. I’m sure it is an expirience they will remember for a long time to come.

  2. Hi, Andrew , I just wanted to say a very big thank you for your terrific contribution to the recent Manor Park school Science Festival. Below I have copied the e-mail I received from Sarah ,the headmistress. She was also very pleased. Here’s to the next time we work together and if you ever need any Scibar, or indeed any other, help – just let me know.
    Dave Thompson – Chairman Knutsford Scibar

    Head teacher’s e-mail re Their Science Festival
    Hello Dave

    Just wanted to say a massive thank you for today – the children were overheard saying ‘It’s been the best day ever’.
    I really appreciate your hard work in organising such a complex & exciting day. Please extend my thanks to all your volunteers – I hope they enjoyed themselves!

    Speak soon

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