The following information illustrates the ongoing and in depth support and assistance that is provided to the teachers who participate in the program.
Teacher Professional Development Sessions
Teacher Professional Development (TPD) consists of four two-hour-sessions.
- Program Overview & Cultural Awareness
- What is Inquiry?
- Unpacking the Inquiries Part 1
- Unpacking the Inquiries Part 2
The TPD sessions are the first step for participating teachers in the program. The sessions aim to build teacher confidence in using the teaching and learning strategy of inquiry while building their capacity in Indigenous science contexts/ways of knowing and doing.
Coordinator Planning and Class Visits
I2S2 Coordinators are available via email and phone to assist with teacher planning prior to delivering the inquiry. Coordinators also conduct class visits to ensure teachers and staff are well supported throughout the delivery of the program.
Some examples of how coordinators build teacher confidence and capacity to deliver science with an Indigenous focus are detailed below.
- Modelling inquiry sessions for the teacher
- Team teaching of inquiry sessions
- Observation and feedback/reflection of classroom teacher led session
- Student support – providing that extra human resource or pair of hands and eyes in the room
- Teaching and assessment of the inquiry
- Indigenous perspectives in units of work
- Alternative assessment strategies
- Embedding ICT into the classroom
- Assessing science multi modally
The celebration events are an opportunity for teachers, students and community members to come together and celebrate and share the learning that has occurred throughout the program.