Inspire Young Scientists in the Primary Classroom

Inspire Young Scientists in the Primary Classroom

  • Cool+
  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Year 1 - 6
  • Science
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Course summary

This course will help you teach science experiments in the primary classroom. You will discover how to develop the scientific literacy of students and motivate their interest in learning science.

You will learn:

  • How to involve students in simple science experiments.
  • How to develop the scientific literacy of students.
  • How science is linked to curriculum outcomes.
  • Where to download teaching resources that you can use right away.

Course time:

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Accreditation:

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher:

  • 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 3.3.3 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning
  • 3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

This program is awaiting accreditation within the ACT for 2023.

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Course Content

Getting Started

Getting Started

01.
Introduction
02.
Set some learning goals
Science in the Primary Classroom

Science in the Primary Classroom

03.
What science means to me
04.
Science literacy in Australia
05.
Evolving science education
06.
Science in the curriculum
Teach Snappy Science

Teach Snappy Science

07.
About the experiments
08.
Tornado in a jar
09.
Tornado in a jar - explanation
10.
Being a science role model
11.
How do seeds grow?
12.
How do seeds grow? - explanation
13.
Staying afloat
14.
Staying afloat - explanation
15.
Make a compass
16.
Make a compass - explanation
Your Teaching

Your Teaching

17.
Teaching tips
18.
Cool lesson plans
Reflection

Reflection

19.
Reflection
20.
Taxonomy of learning
21.
Suggestions for collaboration
22.
Congratulations

Course instructors

Tracey Gray

Tracey Gray helped write this course. Tracey is an Aquatic Scientist and an experienced science classroom teacher. She is passionate about creating innovative programs that integrate STEM and STEAM techniques. Tracey is a WISE-STEM changemaker leader and participated in the 1st Homeward Bound global STEM female scientist leadership expedition to Antarctica in 2016.

Jarryd Bendall

Jarryd Bendall from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He comes from a long line of teachers, which is why he initially avoided this calling. After a myriad of roles in law, medicine, used car sales, and as the mascot for the Western Bulldogs AFL team, Jarryd eventually taught primary school for a number of years, before combining his love for writing and education at an Education Specialist role with Cool. This role sees him as a bridge between knowledgeable industry experts and classroom teachers, bringing excellence into the classroom and challenging the average curriculum with innovative and effective ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will this take to complete?

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Will I get proof of completion?

You will get a Cool.org certificate when you finish, which you can access any time via your personal dashboard, it will also be sent to you by email.

Is this course accredited?

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher:

  • 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 3.3.3 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning
  • 3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

This program is awaiting accreditation within the ACT for 2023.

What are the curriculum links?

  • Science: Foundation – Year 6, Science Inquiry Skills strand
  • Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability
  • General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability
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