Premier’s Teaching Scholarship

As a recipient of a Premier’s Macquarie Capital Science Teaching Scholarship 2012, I undertook a study tour of the United States of America (USA) in October 2012 which explored innovative techniques and technologies to engage students in science  while maximising student learning outcomes. I undertook a combination of formal training, classroom observation, interviews with educational experts and conferences.

During the study tour, four specific approaches to teaching science were investigated, as follows:

Please see the linked pages for posts about each of these teaching methods.

The organisations I visited on this study tour are summarised in the table below:

School / Organisation / Conference

Primary reason for visit

High Tech High

San Diego, California

Learned about their innovative school structure with a focus on Project Based Learning

Arizona State University

Phoenix, Arizona

Attended a Model-it course session and consulted with Colleen Megowan, Robert Culloden, and Kelli Gamez-Warble about Modelling Instruction

Arizona School for the Arts

Phoenix, Arizona

Observed teachers implementing Modelling Instruction in teaching Chemistry and Physics

Pardes Jewish Day School

Phoenix, Arizona

Observed SMALLab Flow System (interactive classroom technology) used in classes

Phoenix Country Day School

Phoenix, Arizona

Observed SMALLab System (digital interactive 3D classroom space)

SMALLab Learning

Phoenix, Arizona

Consulted with Dr. Mina Johnson-Glenberg about Embodied Learning theory and SMALLab

Marymount School

Manhattan, New York

Observed the innovative FabLab with 3D printers and other fabrication tools

Trinity School

Manhattan, New York

Observed and interviewed teachers implementing Modelling Instruction in teaching Chemistry and Physics

High School of Math, Science and Engineering

Manhattan, New York

Observed and interviewed teachers implementing Modelling Instruction in Physics

John Jay High School

Cross River, New York

Observed and interviewed Frank Noschese, a teacher implementing Modelling Instruction in Physics

Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut

New London, Connecticut

Explored the specialised magnet school with a focus on STEM subjects including Engineering and Biomedicine

Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science

Worcester, Massachusetts

Explored the specialised, selective magnet school with a focus on STEM subjects

STEMtech Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

Explored STEM education and various student pathways to STEM careers

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s