Introduction to Secondary STEM

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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course will help you understand the essential foundations of STEM teaching and learning and provide opportunities to help build knowledge, skills and confidence to take on STEM in your classroom. You’ll learn:

        • What STEM is and how to use STEM to develop 21st Century learning skills in Secondary years.
        • How to identify STEM problems and challenges in real world contexts.
        • Practical suggestions to guide you through the principles of STEM teaching and learning, including:
          • Incorporating a multidisciplinary approach;
          • Making connections to students’ world and interests;
          • Taking risks and learning from mistakes;
          • Encouraging collaboration and teamwork.

HOW LONG DOES IT GO FOR?

This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.

WHAT ARE THE CURRICULUM LINKS?

  • Learning areas: Science, Technologies, Mathematics.
  • General capabilities: Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

IS IT ACCREDITED FOR PD HOURS?

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.1.2 Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students.
3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.5.3 Support colleagues to implement effective teaching strategies to improve students’ literacy and numeracy achievement
3.3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking
3.4.3 Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

    This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.

NSW Government Waratah Logo Completing Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Primary Curriculum will contribute 2 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.”

 

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

Leanne Vastbinder is a Victorian Science teacher of over 9 years who has created and taught a range of science courses including biology, environmental science and integrated STEM programs. With a passion for all things science, Leanne views STEM education as a vital component of 21st century learning. In her teaching she nurtures curiosity and innovation, incorporates relatable, engaging content and aims to create independent learners.

 

 

Gabrielle Munro has worked in the education sector for over 12 years as a classroom teacher and tertiary educator of pre-service teachers. She loves working with teachers to develop practical teaching skills while challenging them to think creatively about how best to teach their students.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

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