In February and March of this year, the Primary Connections professional learning team delivered three fully-subscribed design and technology workshops in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Ninety-three primary school teachers across 48 schools from state, catholic and independent sectors attended the workshops.
Primary Connections also partnered with the Victorian Department of Education to deliver professional learning to an additional 20 Victorian primary school teachers.
‘Primary Connections: Linking science with literacy’ is the Australian Academy of Science's flagship primary school science program. It is an innovative approach to teaching and learning which aims to enhance primary school teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science.
Teachers develop their pedagogical knowledge and explore how to effectively use, adapt and extend the Primary Connections curriculum units to suit their students’ needs.
Feedback demonstrates that teachers find these workshops highly informative, providing practical strategies to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in their classrooms.
‘As a school, we would like to pass on our thanks for such a wonderful workshop! All of our teachers commented on how informative the day was and have discussed how they would be able to implement this learning back at school.’
– Classroom teacher, Brisbane
‘The workshop was fantastic. It helped deepen my understanding of what STEM can look like in the classroom and reinforced how much fun STEM is!’ – Classroom teacher, Sydney
‘Today's workshop… was well paced and the mix of information and hands on learning balanced the day out well. The presenters engaged directly with all the participants, taking a genuine interest in their responses, acknowledging shared ideas, encouraging and very evidently enthusiastic about their role as educators.’
– Classroom teacher, Melbourne
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