Science

Student quotations: 

"I think CASE lessons are fun. We can talk and engage with other students." Jaini 8B

"I think the CASE lessons are good because they really make you think." Kaya 8B

“It makes me think a log.  To be honest, my brain hurts after these lessons, in a good way!  It also makes me less reliant to get answers from the teacher.” Arya 8A

“In science, during lessons it turns my mind on to engage into the lesson and leaves my mind confused and jumbled up.  But after thinking about it, I solve it.” Jiya 8A

“It’s very confusing and challenges your mind to think deeper.” Hannah 8A

“I like thinking science because it teaches me new things and make me leave the lesson puzzled.” Ramsay 8A

Staff quotations: 

“When starting out with CASE I found myself at the bottom of a very steep and somewhat daunting learning curve. To the initiated, CASE lessons require thorough planning, place a high level of intellectual demand on student and teacher and usually require an acceptance of risk not present in regular lessons. As a teacher you can never be truly sure how or where the lesson is likely to go. Having said all of that, the rewards of CASE can be immense. The students love the lessons because of the challenge and the opportunity to collaboratively solve problems. This is clearly evident from their high levels of engagement.  As a teacher, it can be extremely rewarding to successfully deliver CASE lessons. Very often I’m amazed at the incredible answers provided by the students. The freedom and challenges provided by case definitely enable our students to shine. The benefits of teaching CASE are not just limited to Thinking Science Lessons. I increasingly find that I’m taking elements of the CASE methodology and incorporating them within my general practice; for the improvement of all of my teaching!” Mr Collins

"Let's Think: Science (CASE) helps teachers to develop a more systematic way of questioning students' understanding of their reasoning patterns when presented with phenomena in science. These lessons empower students to ask themselves 'why?' not only in CASE lessons but in all lessons." Mr Lentini

"CASE is an amazing way to think deeply regarding scientific reasoning and problem solving. The lessons are well thought out and students enjoy this as they feel a sense of ownership over their learning." Mrs Modi

"As I was new to this I found some CASE lessons difficult to understand myself and teach. It was a new learning curve for me. I enjoyed teaching them to students and getting them to do all the self-teaching. One problem was that sometimes it takes over 2 lessons and you might not see the class until the following week." Mrs Vora

"Many students who often find Science lessons challenging, find the Let's Think CASE lessons easier to understand and naturally participate more frequently. For some students, you can see it has a positive impact on them with regards to active participation in lessons since many of the CASE lessons involve a hands-on practical investigation aspect.  Although it can be difficult running a CASE lesson, ultimately, at the end of it, it is very rewarding. Learning the five pillars of cognition and understanding the importance of metacognition has helped develop my techniques in teaching across all year groups." Ms Wong

"I love that 'light-bulb' moment that students get when participating in CASE lessons when dealing with abstract concepts." Mr Gatt