Professional reflections on education in NZ
- Dancing on the shifting carpet
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
You don't need to be a Scientist to DO Science!
Don't think you need to leave it to the experts for your students to learn about Science, there are lots of great PD opportunities & resources to support you in providing Science learning opportunities for our kids.
"The Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum) takes the perspective that science can be fun. It encourages the learning of science by doing science and discusses the effectiveness with which science concepts and principles are embedded into learning experiences. Through the programme practising teachers will become more confident in their science knowledge, and their ability to design and deliver learning experiences that support and inspire students to investigate and understand science knowledge and concepts."
"The Chief Science Adviser raised some challenging questions in his 2011 report. The Ministry of Education responded by funding three new science education projects. His questions were:
How can we “engage and enthuse” more young New Zealanders in science?
Is the science we teach getting students ready to address serious questions we will all face in the future?
How might science education help New Zealand's development as a smart, innovative, knowledge-oriented country? "
Some interesting professional reading.
Lastly not forgetting the VLN Primary Schoolas a way to collaborate and extend Science learning opportunities across our schools. Currently we are running a Day Time Astronomy class - we welcome schools and teachers who have expertise to share across our network.