At first, I found setting up practical experiments daunting, with fifteen Bunsen burners all lit and thirty students to keep an eye on at the same time, I imagined glass smashing all over the place.
After a few lessons though with a few routines in place the pupils all knew their jobs and with their safety glasses on I had a room of young scientists.
My favourite lesson was heart dissection. I remembered it from school so I felt I needed to pass on that same enthusiasm that had been instilled in me. I was made up when all the children took part and the girls and the boys all confidently carried out the practical, no one wanting to sit it out.
To round it off my subject mentor pointed out that the calm way that I had modelled the demonstration had a big impact on the attitude and behaviour of the children. I left that lesson with a big smile on my face!