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2019 SASTA Early Career Teachers Conference

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11th Oct 2019

Name Time Duration
101 - Working as a Specialist Science Teacher in a Primary setting

9:00 AM

1 Hour

After spending two years teaching Science in a high school, I quickly learnt that students either loved or loathed science by year 8. It became my mission to share my love and passion for Science in a primary setting in a fun, but engaging way. Join me for a practical conservation on how to implement fun, engaging and pedagogically rich science lessons, as a Science specialist within a Primary school setting.

Presenter: Jade Tinney

Organisation: Salisbury Park Primary

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
102 - Reimagining Primary STEM- opportunities and options

9:00 AM

1 Hour

Do you want to know about fitting STEM into your Science Teaching? Are you interested in hearing why STEM is more than just robots and coding? Learn how to incorporate quick games, competitions and deep inquiries into your program to beef up student energy and engagement. Sarah will draw on her experience running guided scientific inquiry at Stirling East Primary School and her participation in STEMX Academy to share ideas, successes and hopefully answer questions.

Presenter: Sarah Finney

Organisation: Stirling East Primary School

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
103 - From Graduate to Proficient

9:00 AM

1 Hour

Being early Career teachers you may not as yet have changed your registration from graduate to proficient. This workshop will go through the requirements needed to change your status and provide practical advice on the types of evidence required.

Presenter: Adrian Dilger

Organisation: CESA

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
104 - Value your Laboratory Manager

9:00 AM

1 Hour

If you are a Science Teacher in a Secondary or R-12 School, then you are in the position of having one, or if you are really fortunate, more than one, Laboratory staff members on site to support your teaching. Do not underestimate the amount of assistance, expertise and resources that we are able to provide, gained through personal experience or close collaboration with colleagues. This workshop will be presented by a Laboratory Manager with 18 years+ experience and who is a member of the Laboratory Managers Association of SA, happy to discuss requesting practicals, WHS requirements, making the most of teaching in a laboratory practical setting, and keeping the Science in your STEM investigations.

Presenter: Jane Hosking

Organisation: St Francis de Sales College, Mt Barker

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
201 - Enlivening your classroom

10:30 AM

1 Hour

NEC provides a range of resources including live animal loans, preserved specimens and educational kits for use in your classroom. We do presentations in your school or you can bring your students to us. In this workshop you find out more about what we can offer, will meet some our animals and have the opportunity to explore the use of a selection of our kits.

Presenter: David Le Cornu

Organisation: The Nature Education Centre

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
202 - Primary Connections, STEM in action!

10:30 AM

1 Hour

Primary Connections invites you to come along to experience easy to implement, hands-on science activities and gather teaching resources for your toolkit that support STEM learning. This workshop samples activities across Reception to Year 6 and includes examples from new Primary Connections units released in 2018. We look forward to sharing Primary Connections in a STEM context with you.

Presenter: Angela Gigliotti and Jennifer Lawrence

Organisation: Primary Connections

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
203 - Design Challenges in STEM

10:30 AM

1 Hour

Design challenges can be integrated in to almost any Science content outcome and can be adapted to suit the needs of all learners. They can be easily made to integrate the T, E and M into STEM whilst putting the learning in to an engaging real-life context. This workshop will give you some inspiration on the types of design challenges that cover the Australian National Curriculum and can be done in a science classroom. You will get some hints and tips about sneaking in some maths and career information as well as advice about how to differentiate it to suit all learners. Finally, you will discover how it can be used to formatively assess the learning and the types of thinking that occurs within the classroom.

Presenter: Jennifer Chalmers

Organisation: Royal Institution of Australia

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
204 - Interacting and engaging activties for middle and secondary teachers of Physics

10:30 AM

1 Hour

This workshop would provide participants the opportunity to see and experience a number of simple classroom activities for Physics from Years 10-12. This includes practical investigations, both in an outside of the classroom, use of online resources, and explanation strategies for complex Stage 2 concepts. The workshop would involve myself running through some lesson ideas, whilst also getting participants to engage and discuss various ideas.

Presenter: Daniel Rabbett

Organisation: Cardijn College

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
301 - Primary school (R-7) Science inquiry design

11:45 AM

1 Hour

A look at the questioning for lessons and projects to help develop student interest and understanding - a guide of how to offer the frameworks that can be used to empower teachers to “give inquiry a go” using science as the vehicle for learning.

Presenter: Adam Spratt and Jade Tinney

Organisation: Kilkenny Primary School and Salisbury Park Primary School

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
302 - From 'See Think Wonder' to investigation

11:45 AM

1 Hour

Who is doing the thinking in your science investigations? Is it the students? Is it the teacher? Or is most of the thinking already done on the worksheet or proforma you provide. In this workshop participants will explore different practical thinking strategies to help move the thinking from the teacher to the students during science lessons and when developing science investigations.

Presenter: Sonia Cooke

Organisation: Morphett Vale East School R-7

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
303 - Gamified Assessment

11:45 AM

1 Hour

Nail the 4Cs of 21st century learning using BreakoutEDU - a fun way to assess students, which brings the challenges of an escape room to the classroom. In this workshop, participants will get to experience one of the games, and receive tips for how to design and conduct their own. Please bring a WiFi-enabled device.

Presenter: Dina Phan

Organisation: Woodville High School

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
304 - Concept Mapping: Improving student literacy, understanding and lesson planning

11:45 AM

1 Hour

Concept mapping is a proven technique of visually illustrating relationships between information and concepts which help students (and teachers) organise and structure their thoughts. This session will focus on the principles of concept mapping and how its techniques can be expanded for student essay construction, media presentations, revision, evaluation tool and preparing units for teaching. Effective software and their use will be demonstrated for rapid deployment within the classroom.

Presenter: Paul Gavini

Organisation: Underdale High School

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers, Tertiary educators

Name Time Duration
401 - Formative and summative assessment

1:30 PM

1 Hour

What does it look like in science and why it is needed - a guide (with examples) of pre-testing, ongoing assessment and summative assessment to cater for differentiation through different year levels (R-7 focus)

Presenter: Adam Spratt and Jade Tinney

Organisation: Kilkenny Primary School and Salisbury

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
402 - STEM for Every Learner

1:30 PM

1 Hour

This workshop will aim to assist educators in supporting students with disability and/or complex needs to access STEM learning. Videos and photos of real students will be shared from within a special school setting to show STEM engagement through play and other evidence based practices. These practices support engagement and curriculum access, as well as complex communication and sensory needs. STEM teaching and learning is for everyone!

Presenter: Carly Tate and Karlia Brown

Organisation: The Grove Education Centre

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
403 - Life-Hack Mythbusters! Teaching experimentation methodology by testing unsubstantiated tips from the internet.

1:30 PM

1 Hour

This workshop will run through an effective and engaging practice for teaching students the basic and more in-depth processes associated with scientific experimentation and testing. This is applicable to Year levels up to at least 10 and teaches students skills of critical thinking and evaluation, experimentation, scientific nomenclature and data collection and analysis. The process hinges upon students finding tips (also known as Life-Hacks) on the internet, and developing a scientific experiment to determine their validity. The alternative version involves testing claims made on product packaging and can either be used as a modification, a full assessment for younger year levels or as a demonstration.

Presenter: Shane Meegan

Organisation: Seymour College

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
404 - Lab lessons with a STEM focus

1:30 PM

1 Hour

Laboratory instruction allows students to engage in practical experiences and authentic discovery, apply theory to practice, and explore different methods of scientific inquiry while generating new knowledge. Leading a laboratory session has challenges and opportunities that differ from those in a standard classroom environment. This workshop examines how we can make the laboratory experience more meaningful for students and reflect the emerging emphasis on STEM. We will explore a practical investigation that asks students to apply their content knowledge and skills to create solutions to a real world application of science. Copies of the practical activity will be supplied to all participants. The workshop is aimed at resourcing teachers of Years 7-10 science.

Presenter: Kate Dilger

Organisation: SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION [SASTA]

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
501 - How to STEM: 101

2:45 PM

1 Hour

In this session, Pete Beveridge will lift the curtain on some of the practical aspects of demonstrating concepts to students. Attendees will engage with, and participate in a number of hands-on activities with a focus on how to transfer this experience to their own classroom. This session aims to build confidence for teachers to see practical demonstrations as a highly important and engaging teaching tool for Science.

Presenter: Peter Beveridge

Organisation: Pennington School R-7

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
502 - Being a Primary Science Specialist

2:45 PM

1 Hour

The role of a specialist teacher in the primary setting has some challenges unlike those of a classroom teacher. Mike will share some of the things he has learnt about the rewarding position of Science Specialist in a primary school. Whether it is timetabling considerations or classroom layout, managing lots of classes or planning for mixed year levels, Mike has ideas you may find valuable in your own situation.

Presenter: Mike Hawkey

Organisation: Two Wells Primary School

Target Audience: Primary school teachers

Name Time Duration
504 - Using easily accessible ICTs in middle school STEM investigations.

2:45 PM

1 Hour

The use of ICTs in STEM need not be expensive or difficult. In this workshop you will investigate some simple ways to use readily available features on your mobile phone and Microsoft Excel as data collection, processing and analysing tools in middle school Science and Maths investigations. You will come away with some effective tools to immediately put into practice in your STEM lab or classroom.

Presenter: Stephen Hards

Organisation: Cardijn College

Target Audience: Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

Name Time Duration
505 - Risk Assessment - Why to do it?

2:45 PM

1 Hour

The intention of this workshop is to discuss the importance of doing a proper risk assessment before every practical lesson in Science/Stem. Risk assessments are compulsory in the Science area for all public schools in South Australia so it is important to do it properly. It is also a teacher’s responsibility. It is important to know your class/students to choose what prac lessons will be more interesting to them and assess the possible risks of the materials and chemicals you are going to use.

Presenter: Ana Marques Britto

Organisation: Playford International College

Target Audience: Lab officers, Middle school (yr. 6-9) teachers, Primary school teachers, Senior school (yr. 10-12) teachers

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