Big Stuff Blog:
The ENGAGE project conference, at the Open University on March 11th, was a unique event designed to launch a community of innovative science teachers. Funded by the European Commission (EC), this event brought together more than 80 Science teachers from right across England, as well as Russia and Brazil.
The conference themes were chosen by the teachers themselves, who presented their innovative classroom practice on curriculum, assessment and teaching methods. “Overall the event was excellent, inspiring and very informative. I enjoyed presenting. I would be happy to present again next year. I enjoyed networking with colleagues from around the country.” Rowan Mangier, Science Teacher. “Teachers were so very grateful to have the opportunity to discuss ideas and strategies with other teachers and hear solutions to the problems they are encountering” Jude Sanders, facilitator.
The keynotes Tony Sherborne, scientific leader of ENGAGE and Stella Paes, Head of science at AQA presented important questions and reflections on Science Education: “How can the Science Education curriculum be reshaped so that it’s more fit for purpose?” and “How can an approach focussed on examination success still lead to an enlightened science education?”
The workshops on 5 year plan and assessment including ENGAGE resources –were also considered very thougthful for several teachers who mentioned that there was a sense of relief that they could finally see ‘proof’ that their hunch that there was just not enough teaching time was a valid criticism to take to senior leadership . There was too much content to teach across the 5 years so teachers should focus on teaching the core well rather than covering everything badly.
Ale Okada the legacy coordinator, opened the conference with the key outcomes of ENGAGE project: learning materials and teaching courses in 10 languages for equipping students to ...