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Professional Learning webinars: F–10 Science

The VCAA is hosting three webinars for F–10 Science teachers wishing to explore how science activities can be used to support and differentiate student learning.

Complete the online registration forms to register your attendance:

1. Differentiating learning in the science classroom (F–6)

This session will be of particular interest to primary school teachers who have multi-level classes or teachers who have students with a range of abilities in science skills and knowledge.

The Victorian Curriculum has been developed as a learning continuum. How do you know where each of your students is placed on the continuum? Are their scientific skills at the same level as their science knowledge? How do you teach to a class where the ability ranges across multiple levels of the Science curriculum? This webinar will look at the role of pre-testing in determining where students are placed on a continuum of learning and how Vygotsky's 'zone of proximal development' can be applied to develop learning activities in both the Science Understanding strand and the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the curriculum that will both engage students and progress them further in their own learning continua.

This session was held on Tuesday 6 August 3.45 to 4.45pm

2. Using picture stories to distinguish scientific fact from fiction (F-8)

Picture stories can readily be used as an engaging context through which to explore understanding in Science as well as developing students' literacy skills. Distinguishing scientific 'fact' from 'fiction' can be facilitated by exploring the underpinning concepts included in popular children's literature. Using the SOLO taxonomy and an inquiry-based learning framework, participants will be supported to use a chosen picture story to develop units that integrate the science strands, as well as other learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities. Practical hands-on activities will be used as stimuli to extend participants' thinking about what is possible when seeking to scaffold and support students' understanding in Science.

This session was held on Thursday 15 August 3.45 to 4.45pm

3. Deepening students understanding of the science curriculum through meaningful and authentic direct experiences (F–10)

This webinar examines the use of direct experiences, including excursions and the collection of primary data, as effective strategies for supporting students to deepen their understanding of the science curriculum in ways that are meaningful, authentic and relevant to students' own lives. Participants will be encouraged to identify and evaluate suitable direct experiences in their specific learning contexts. Benefits of using the SOLO taxonomy and an inquiry-based learning framework to assist with the planning of direct experiences will be discussed. Frameworks for evaluating the effectiveness of excursions and learning in other informal science settings to ensure student learning is maximised during such experiences will also be examined.

Please complete the online registration form to register your attendance for the webinar 'Deepening students understanding of the science curriculum through meaningful and authentic direct experiences (F–10)':