In recent years, many schools, school leaders and teachers have been steadily increasing their activity to lift student engagement and attainment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with many new ideas, projects and resources emerging to help inject more STEM-related content into the curriculum.
Now in its sixth year, the STEM Education Conference provides an opportunity for schools and teachers to put these ideas and projects on display, and to engage in peer-based learning with colleagues from around Australia. Attended by delegates from every state and territory (and, of course, by us here at Smart Teachers), the event boasted an impressive range of presentations exploring STEM in education, channeling inspiration from academic research, educational policy and insights from industry into a variety of practical applications for teaching and learning staff.
Speaking with our Smart Teachers team (and collecting his hamper of goodies as our lucky conference raffle winner), Justin O'Neill from St. Joachim's Primary in Lidcombe, discussed his passion for science and technology:
"It's the subject I find most interesting, both to teach and to learn about. I am passionate about science and technology - and that passion drives me to design the best possible learning experience for my students"
When prompted for some advice for other teachers, Justin's message was simple,
"Don’t be afraid to try new things, even if you have no idea how something will go. Worst case scenario, it doesn’t work, so you can change it and try something different."
It's this attitude of embracing new ideas that seems to be driving this era of innovation, and making these conferences such a fruitful experience for teachers seeking to introduce new STEM initiatives into their schools and classrooms.
"[These events are] great for clarifying misconceptions, gaining hints and tips to implement new things, and learning from the experiences of others... there's always something to improve on. Every day you can come in and try something new, and improve on the day before."
At Smart Teachers, we're proud to be supporting educators as they constantly try new things, and pursue opportunities to improve their classroom practice by learning from one another.
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