PSA Superconference Reflection

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I hope that many of you were able to attend the PSA Superconference that took place in October at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and at Science World. Planning it was a monumental undertaking by all accounts and there may have been a few hiccups along the way. But, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Not in all my 25 years of teaching have I seen so many high-quality workshops and opportunities for networking with colleagues from across the province. I felt a new connection to the education professionals in this province and a new excitement for all the great work that is going on in classrooms across the province. We talked about how to improve student engagement or improve our assessment practices. Our colleagues shared their personal experiences with trying new approaches to student inquiry, or their first brave attempts at wading into the new curriculum.

I collaborated with a team of great teachers from Abbotsford as we shared our experiences transitioning to Project Based Learning at the Rick Hansen School of Science and Business. The journey has been challenging and eye-opening. But, it was so encouraging to hear how others were trying renew their classroom practice as well.

All of this made me wonder. In what ways could we keep this open-conversation about our professional practice going? Are there some ways that we can maintain the networking that started at the Superconference? We at the BCScTA are eager to learn about ways that we can work with science teachers across this province. If you have an experience, an idea, or a problem to share, we’d love to hear about it. Will you accept my challenge to keep the conversation about science education going?

John Munro, BCScTA President

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2 responses to “PSA Superconference Reflection”

  1. Joel Rosenau B. Ed UVIC, 30 year Gr 6 teacher, retired says:

    Wow! I love the Grade Six curriculum outline, having taught somewhat that way for my 30 year Vancouver Island teaching career. The embedded inductive approach opens opportunities to apply the Scientific Method, for example, in raising small animals in the classroom. I would love to talk to someone, will travel to conferences. Please inform me as to where or who I can talk to. I have substantial ideas on how to start from the introducing the microbiome to open up the subject of system interdependence.

  2. Wade Appenheimer says:

    I think it would be a great idea to have a Facebook page decorated to sharing ideas, resources etc. I’ve started one called “The Entropy Club”, after a meeting at Uvic with other chemistry instructors who saw a need for this. All science teachers are welcome.
    Wade Appenheimer
    Ucluelet Secondary School.

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