Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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One step at a time


The author explains how she and her colleagues at Emmaus College in Melbourne began working collaboratively and productively, one step at a time, to take science teaching and learning beyond the textbook. When she first started at the school there was a heavy reliance on textbooks and summative assessment. The author then attended Monash University's Science Teaching and Learning (STAL) professional development program, which enabled her to learn about big ideas mapping. She took tools enthusiastically back to her faculty meetings but came to realise that change happens slowly and some teachers fear change. The author is still committed to change but has learned to enjoy the small steps and positives that make the journey worthwhile. [Author abstract, ed]

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