About @Grefintec

  • Website: http://www.grefintec.co.uk
  • Email: email
  • Biography: Alison has enjoyed varied career to date; she has been a post doctoral research scientist working in the aquaculture industry, the manager of an award winning nursery and a small business owner developing interactive teaching resources. A keen volunteer, she is a former director of the 'Scottish Preschool Play Association' (recently renamed Early Years Scotland), she is an active STEM Ambassador and Parent Governor at her children's school. She has recently started the journey towards becoming a teacher. She has recently accepted a place on a SCITT to become a secondary biology teacher with science and commences her studies in September 2016.

Posts by @Grefintec:

Chili Challenge Homework Task Sheet

Posted by @Grefintec on 18th March 2016 in Resources |

Prior to commencing my course I have started to put together some resources to help me teach. This one is for homework tasks. The idea is that the students select the homework that they want to do, giving them ownership for their own learning. I have created it as a PowerPoint slide. The homework tasks can be added using text boxes. I am planning to have up to three choices per challenge level.


Click here to download: chili Рhomework tasks


It’s also available via TES resources¬†Chili Challenge Homework Task Sheet

Documenting Your School Experience

Posted by @Grefintec on 2nd February 2016 in Resources |

In 2008, whilst on maternity leave with my second son, I heard about a programme called ‘Insight into Teaching’ run through the Careers Development Centre at Stirling University. Attendee’s are placed in schools for 6 weeks, for half a day a week. Places were awarded on the programme following competitive application. I was successful and […]

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Access to Science

Posted by @Grefintec on 31st January 2016 in Getting Started |

It was 20 years ago that I sat my A-Levels (biology, chemistry, geography and general studies) and 22 years ago that I did my GCSE’s. So the prospect of teaching these subjects was rather daunting. I was particularly worried about the requirement to teach chemistry and physics at key stage 3, which is often a […]

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Catchphrase – A Game for Topic Revision

Posted by @Grefintec on 26th January 2016 in Resources |

For my interview to got onto the SCITT I had to prepare 10 minutes of teaching, revising the topic of ‘Semi-Conservative DNA replication’ to a class of year 12 students. For tips to help with your teaching practice please click here I decided to create a game of catchphrase. I am lucky in that I […]

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The Inspiration to Teach

Posted by @Grefintec on 25th January 2016 in All About Me |

In 2000, I moved to Stirling to commence a Ph.D in Aquatic Veterinary Science at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. The focus of my research was investigating the effect of season on rainbow trout. I loved working in the lab, making new discoveries and sharing the results of my work at international conferences. […]

Now is the time

Posted by @Grefintec on 24th January 2016 in Getting Started |

I have thought about being a teacher before. In fact, a few years ago I got a place on a primary school teaching course at Dundee university. At the time I lived in Stirling so figured that it would be entirely feasible to commute for 1.5 h there and back every day. However, the day […]

Primary Ambitions

Posted by @Grefintec on 24th January 2016 in All About Me |

I made my first career choice at a very young age. I have a very clear memory of being home from primary school. I don’t recall exactly why, but it was due to some childhood lurgy. To keep me occupied I was watching (if my memory serves me correctly) BBC2’s ‘The Natural World’. The episode […]

So it begins…

Posted by @Grefintec on 21st January 2016 in Getting Started |

I have recently accepted a place on a SCITT course to become a secondary biology with science teacher. I have only been on this particular journey for a few months, but I have already learned a great deal. However, there have been a few experiences that I wish I had been forewarned about e.g. having […]

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