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Assessment, feedback and reflective practice


Chemistry: Separation of Mixtures

This artefact demonstrates my initiatives to utilise a summative science experiment coupled with a written report task to assess student learning during a unit on Separation of Mixtures and gather quantitative data to be used for reporting purposes.

Assessment

I have consistently used assessment AS and FOR learning to improve learning outcomes, inform my teaching and provide feedback on learning. I often utilise self and peer assessment strategies and strive to provide whole class as well as individual (written and verbal) feedback. I am steadily developing my summative assessment practice – developing rubrics, marking tests, conducting running records.

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Designing activities to aid in student Health and Wellbeing


Kids Yoga Program

The aims of Yoga are to unite the body, mind and the spirit. Yoga is considered therapeutic; it makes the body flexible; it helps us relax. Regular Yoga practice cultivates a fitter, healthier, happier, more energetic and peaceful You. Read more →

Professional Engagement – Developing Global Citizenship


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During 2014, I worked collaboratively with my university colleague Olivia Sonn and broader communities – Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) and Victoria University (VU) (VIT Standard 6 & 7 – professional learning and engagement), to investigate teachers’ and students’ involvement in the cultivation of global citizenship qualities, more specifically in the development of awareness, appreciation, understanding and responsibility.

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Case – Professional Engagement


Practice Described
It is early August, 8:30am. At the Methodist Ladies' College a long queue of young scientists, from all across Victoria, are braving the cold in anticipation to impress the judges with their scientific models and inventions. Calm before the storm – the judging day of the 64th annual Science Talent Search competition has finally arrived – I am observing, going over the extensive assessment rubrics for the very last time before the judging begins. I am excited and a little nervous; it’s been a year since I have done this for the first time. This year’s theme: ‘Science of Light’ – I can’t wait to see what the children have been busy inventing and building in their spare time.

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Case – Professional Practice


Practice Described
I was teaching Year 10 Applied Science class of 14 girls with a range of social and intellectual disabilities, modified content and instructions. After having spent a better part of the week talking about chromosomes and karyotypes and about the differences between these in males and females, healthy and abnormal types, I needed to know if we can move on. I thought building a karyotype and reading it to answer a series of related questions would be a great way to individually assess my student’s understanding of the topic (I was looking to gather some quantitative evidence of learning, to inform the quality of my teaching and future planning) whilst engaging them in a fun, hands on, cut and paste activity to which I allocated an entire period. I modified the content and gave my students clear instructions on what to do. 

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Case – Professional Knowledge


Practice Described
Will is a 13 year old kid who attends Grade 7 at a local secondary school in a small, low socioeconomic town in rural Victoria. His literacy and numeracy skills are very low, he is on a behavioural management plan and is marked ‘at risk from disengagement’ by the school.

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Visualising the wonder of a living cell

Medical Illustrator David Bolinsky combines the beauty of art and science as well as educates through animations that make it easier for students to visualise, thus better understand the many complex concepts and processes of life on a microscopic level.

Absolutely stunning!

These animations can be viewed on:

http://www.xvivo.net/

Project CELLS ALIVE

Project CELLS ALIVE

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein

The aim of this project was to not only develop a major teaching resource in areas of Cell Biology, Visual Arts/Sculpture and Graphic Design, but also to investigate how cross-curricular multimodal projects could serve as a tool for developing, reviewing and solidifying student knowledge, skills and understanding of science, art and design, as well as for the cultivation of creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Read more →

Carving up the Amazon

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Title: Carving up the Amazon

Date: 22 May 2014
Author: Barbara Fraser
Source: Nature
Science category: Biological and Environmental sciences
Style: Academic journal article


Summary: This article describes the growth of infrastructure and roads throughout South America and the detrimental impacts this has had on the Amazon rainforest. The main focus in on deforestation and its impacts on the environment. New roads attract loggers, farmers, ranchers, land speculators, miners and others who aid in the destruction of the forest. These scars on the landscape are obvious and bring about a cascade of environmental changes that weaken the ecosystem and result in permanent changes and damage. Read more →

Return of the wild

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Title: Return of the wild

Date: 1st March 2014
Author: Sara Reardon
Source: New Scientist
Science category: Ecology/Conservation
Style: Popular science magazine article


Summary: This article talks about the concept of ‘rewilding’ that has been a hot topic in the conservation circles. The idea is to return large areas of land to their natural state, rebuilding ecosystems and reintroducing species that have long since vanished. This would include animals such as wolves and bears, which have been actively exterminated because they were detrimental to the interests of human settlers or farmers. One of the ways to replace species that are gone for good such as dodo, moa-nalo, the giant Hawaiian duck is to introduce alien species in hope that they will do the same jobs as the ones long gone.

The article poses a number of ethical dilemmas: is this a good idea or are we foolishly meddling with nature? Are we dealing with outcomes we cannot predict? Read more →