Just a quick note to let you all know, we’ve put in a bid to the Wellcome Trust for a new project. IAS debate kits. Many of the teachers who took part in the pilot told us they really loved the IVF debate cards and that they’d like to run more debates like that.
“I thought the IVF cards were brilliant for debating. It made the debate run smoothly and showed them clearly how different people have different points of view. By giving more info gradually, the pupils started to think about each situation and change their opinion with justification. I would really like to see some other cards like this on different topics.”
– Danielle Fox, Winterhill School, Rotherham
We like to do our best to listen to our teachers here at IAS. As a child of teachers I am well-versed in the fact that no-one listens to teachers and everyone is always dumping things on them and interfering. We want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
So, we listened and (if we get the money) we plan to develop one new kit per term and supply to all the secondary schools in the UK. Think what a great impact that would have student’s debate and discussion skills around science. I think once we’d done something that reached that many people I could die happy…
Anyway, if we do get to do it I’ll be soliciting more input from our teaching readers nearer the time on topics, and getting your feedback on the drafts. Fingers crossed!