Teaching Humanoid Discovery
Science Teacher Simon Maddy from Western Australia’s Canning College recently visited Chengdu to train local teachers in the latest techniques to better teach biology. As part of the ongoing Humanoid Discovery exhibition, from Perth’s Scitech Museum, Simon took demonstration classes on biology with Chengdu primary school students observed by local teachers. Students then expanded on these concepts with a tour of the exhibition. The classes, sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, reached more than 580 teachers and highlighted Australian excellence in science education.
Ma La Koala caught up with Simon (pictured) to learn about his experience:
“At first I was anxious that I had prepared a program that may not connect with all teachers. However, they were fascinated that we engage the students in practical exercises as a way of learning. The teachers relished the opportunity to engage and ask questions. These ranged from curriculum development, teacher work conditions, text book selection and accessing on-line reference material.”
Teaching the teachers had its own challenges.
“I have never worked so hard in my teaching career, it was both daunting and yet exhilarating. The most popular question was simply - how do we teach reproductive biology?”
Would you do it again?
“Yes. There is huge scope to enhance the program. For example - it is time consuming for teachers to leave school and attend a program like ours. Next we would like to expand into schools. I would love to come back for that.”
Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body is open until December 20 at Building B, 339 Mall, Sichuan TV Tower, 339 Mengzhuiwan Rd, Chengdu. Tickets are available on the door.