Chemistry session 1 - inset 2012 - Team Building

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Building our Chemistry Team - Working together to improve our classroom practice.

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  • 1. PROGRAMME FOR THE CHEMISTRY SECTIONS WITHIN THE SCIENCE 2012 INSET COURSE Session 1: Working together to improve our classroom practiceBy Richard Zahra Building our Chemistry Team
  • 2. 2 Agenda Session 1 (9th July) - small group • Introduction • Sharing some experiences of Chemistry teachers • Communication and sharing - Chemistry website and teacher’s blog • Writing our group Mission Statement R. Zahra
  • 3. 3 Agenda Session 2 (10th July) - full group • Collaborative Student learning in Chemistry – Applying the Jigsaw technique effectively in the Chemistry classroom. R. Zahra
  • 4. 4 Agenda Session 3 (11th July) - small group • Gathering evidence of student learning and achievement in student-centred Chemistry activities. R. Zahra
  • 5. 5 One Basic Goal R. Zahra
  • 6. http://chemistry.skola.edu.mt/about/6 R. Zahra
  • 7. http://chemistry.skola.edu.mt/about/7 Task: Form groups of 3. Discuss ideas how we can make our website Report back more useful to to the whole teachers and students. group R. Zahra
  • 8. Contributions to Chemistry website8 1.Resources: Mainly animations and videos which can be used by teachers in classroom and students for revision 2.Teaching resources (eg: consent forms, handouts, activity sheets) 3.Brief Notes 4.Interesting chemistry related stories R. Zahra
  • 9. Contributions to Chemistry website91.Info about great chemists2.Chemistry related curiosities3.History of great discoveries in Chemistry4.New discoveries5.Chemistry Pedagogy – examples of teaching techniques R. Zahra
  • 10. Contributions to Chemistry website10 1. Examples of students’ work & achievement 2. Syllabus links to be included 3. Difficult Past Paper questions with mode answers (for use by students) 4. Interesting websites to be included 5. MatSec Examiners’ Reports R. Zahra
  • 11. Contributions to Chemistry website11 1. Suggestions box 2. Interviews with teachers & students 3. Surveys 4. Getting successful graduates talking about their career R. Zahra
  • 12. Chemistry website12 Encourage students to visit the website and leave their comments R. Zahra
  • 13. A Group Effort will make a difference13 We need your help in embellishing and improving the website. Send us interesting items to place in the website. R. Zahra
  • 14. 1 target for next scholastic year!14 We’ll aim for at least 1 contribution to the website per teacher Whether large or small, each contribution is valuable! R. Zahra
  • 15. Videos of good classroom practice15 Classroom videos are the ultimate contribution! Videos can be of value to: •Teachers •Students •Parents R. Zahra Remember to obtain parent consent
  • 16. Sending material for the website16 Via: •Email (small files) •Dropbox (large files) https://www.dropbox.com/ R. Zahra
  • 17. Chemistry mailing list17 Let’s keep our communication channels open through a mailing list. R. Zahra
  • 18. Chemistry mailing list18 When anyone wants to pass on a message to whole group or share useful info can easily send an email to me and I will distribute. R. Zahra
  • 19. Chemistry mailing list19 e Ed M aryRos Sha ron el w ei ss Anthony Josephine An ton G race ella Richard nis Vinc Den ent MaryAnne David Lorr e aine or Ma on ure Ro Ele en na be try rt Ani Ka R. Zahra ta Anthea
  • 20. Support by email20 If anyone needs support of any kind, please email without hesitation. R. Zahra
  • 21. Chemistry Teachers Blog21 R. Zahra
  • 22. http://maltesechemistryteachers.blogspot.com/22 Uses of the blog: •To keep in touch with each other •To discuss and share ideas •To raise issues and try to solve problems collectively •To reinforce our team spirit •To inspire each other R. Zahra
  • 23. http://maltesechemistryteachers.blogspot.com/23 •I will send you an invitation via email to become a contributor in the blog – you can then send posts apart from commenting. •However, you’ll need a Gmail account to become a contributor R. Zahra
  • 24. Let’s create or MISSION STATEMENT24 A Mission Statement defines the group’s purpose and primary objectives. Its prime function is internal – to define the key measure or measures of the groups success – and its prime audience is the leadership, team members and stakeholders. R. Zahra
  • 25. MISSION STATEMENT25 "I think it is important for a faculty to have a common set of beliefs," teacher Jean Etheridge tells Education World. "Sometimes teachers get so wrapped up in the little stuff that we need to be reminded of where we are going." R. Zahra
  • 26. Create a MISSION STATEMENT26 1.To create your mission statement, first identify your groups "winning idea". 2.This is the idea or approach that will make your groups stand out, and is the reason that you will be seen as a group that has something really useful to offer to those in your care. R. Zahra
  • 27. Create a MISSION STATEMENT27 1.Next identify the key measures of your success. Make sure you choose the most important measures (and not too many of them!) 2.Combine your winning idea and success measures into a tangible and measurable goal. R. Zahra
  • 28. Create a MISSION STATEMENT28 2.Refine the words until you have a concise and precise statement of your mission, which expresses your ideas, measures and desired result. R. Zahra
  • 29. Characteristics of a great M. S.29 1) Short 2) Memorable 3) Inspiring 4) Student focused 5) What we want to be remembered for R. Zahra
  • 30. Examples of a great M. S.30 To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. R. Zahra
  • 31. Examples of a great M. S.31 To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. R. Zahra
  • 32. Examples of a great M. S.32 To provide fast and easy video access and the ability to share videos frequently R. Zahra
  • 33. Examples of a great M. S.33 To develop in students the skills and attitudes necessary to reach their maximum individual potential in vocation, family, and society through the cooperative efforts of students, teachers, parent(s)/guardian(s), and community. R. Zahra
  • 34. 34 Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success. R. Zahra
  • 35. 35 Thanks for your attention R. Zahra