The Geelong STEM Teacher Network (Secondary
Hosted by BioLab
Victorian Bioscience Education Centre
- Build teacher capability in the teaching of STEM programs in schools consistent with State and/or National standards
- Enable teachers to master new content and pedagogy and to integrate these into their practice
- Increase student participation and attainment in STEM related education, training and career pathways
- Raise awareness of the importance of STEM for future employment and economic prosperity
The network of teachers will meet once or twice a term to share teaching hints and resources, participate in Professional Learning activities, and generally spotlight STEM teaching approaches.
Each meeting will centre on a STEM theme relevant to a variety of subjects and year levels. Themes for 2015 to 2017 include:
- Students collecting and using real data
- Challenging students with Design Based Learning
- Training students to use appropriate tools strategically
- Engaging students in developing 21st Century contexts
- Using student created diagrams and representations in concept development
- Encouraging students to use evidence to justify decisions or construct viable arguments.
|2016 Dates||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4|
|Main meeting||17th February||4th May||3rd August||26th October|
|Theme||Problem Based Learning||Training Students to use tools strategically||Engaging students in developing 21st Century Contexts||Using student created diagrams and representations in concept development|
|Follow up meeting (if required)||17th March at CADET, Deakin Waurn Ponds||9th June||8th September||1st December|
Term 2 Network Meeting
The Skilling the Bay project -Successful Students – STEM Program will be organising a Geelong STEM teacher network (secondary) meeting at BioLAB in week 3 of term 1, Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.
Meeting Theme – Training students to use appropriate tools strategically
There will also be an opportunity to share classroom learning strategies, and explore a BioLAB project that relates to Design Based Learning.
What: Geelong STEM Teacher Network meeting (Secondary)
Where: BioLAB, Rotherham Street, Belmont
When: 4:00 pm, Wednesday, 4th May, 2016
Follow up meeting, if required, is scheduled for 9th June, 2016.
Reconceptualising Maths and Science Teacher Education Programs (ReMSTEP), has been set up by a consortium of universities in recognition of the need for improved competence and confidence in the teaching of science and mathematics across the Australian Curriculum. It will have a special focus on pre-service teachers, by creating programs where undergraduate STEM students and these pre-service teachers work collaboratively across faculties and specialist centres to create new materials, units of study and expertise in inquiry-based classroom practices. ReMSTEP plans to work with secondary teachers and schools to trial these classroom materials and further refine them for general use.
ReMSTEPs project activities are centred around developing new teacher education practices that align contemporary approaches to STEM with engaging teaching and learning.