Physics INSET July 2014

Posted by admin3 Posted on Nov - 13 - 2014


Teachers of Physics were invited to attend for a 1-day in-set course on Differentiated Teaching and Learning of Physics in a mixed ability setting.

The 1-day course started off with a brief presentation on Scientix. It highlighted some of the resources that are available for teachers and the ways in which teachers can benefit from these resources.

Ms Jacqueline Vanhear took the floor and conducted an interactive discussion on the different ways in which students learn. She highlighted three different ways that enhance student learning and understanding. A teacher that can properly channel student engagement/motivation through these three different ways of student learning, then the teacher will be effectively practicing differentiated teaching and learning.

In the second part of the course, teachers in smaller groups were led by the Heads of Department through a presentation on student performance in SEC exams. The presentation looked at some statistics on students’ performance in SEC examinations from 2010 to 2013. It highlighted the main strengths of our students in these exams and the areas of improvements. The presentation ended with a look at the 5E instructional model that can help teachers to actively engage students and help students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas. The presentation can be downloaded from here.

In the final part of the course, teachers were asked to try and use and the 5E model in a preparation of lesson plans. Distribution of certificates of participation ensued.

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