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resources | Published in TES magazine on 6 July, 2012 | By: Alessio Bernardelli

#asechat - your virtual science prep room

The staffroom is always a place to exchange ideas. For the science teacher, however, things are even more subject specific, with prep rooms full of teachers and technicians exchanging tips, inspiration and tricks of the trade.

So consider a prep room with no physical walls - but which gets crowded every Monday between 8pm and 9pm. It’s #asechat, a Twitter hashtag started by the Association for Science Education (ASE) to discuss current topics in science, and described by many science teachers as “the best CPD I have ever received”.

Each week the participants vote for a topic on the ASE website ( If you want to join the conversation, simply write a tweet adding #asechat anywhere in the text, so that anyone following the chat will see your comment. Archives of the conversations are kept on the ASE website, as well as a summary.

I will be moderating #asechat using the @tesScience Twitter account on 9 July and 27 August, so why not join us then?

Alessio Bernardelli is a TES subject adviser.

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  • Alessio, you have a weird idea of what actually goes on in the majority of school prep rooms around the UK. Technicians strive to kepe teachers out of what is their territorial domain.

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    21 July, 2012


  • We must have come from very different experiences, then. I have taught for over eight years in a variety of schools and I have never come across a Science department where the prep-room did not function as a place for teachers and technicians to gather and socialise. Even the many schools I have visited around the UK have never failed to give me that impression.
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    27 September, 2012


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