THE AMGENTEACH TEACHERS' STORIES
The movie presents AmgenTeach teachers’ experience with AmgenTeach Programme based on how they have implemented the materials, resources and knowledge gained through the AmgenTeach trainings in their own classrooms. The interviews were held during the seventh Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, 19-21 June 2015.
AMGENTEACH SECOND YEAR IS ABOUT TO START!
The second year of activities of AmgenTeach project, financed by Amgen Foundation, has just started. The aim of the project is to provide face-to-face training and distance training to over 1000 Life Science teachers in 10 European countries in IBSE.
EUN, the European Schoolnet, is the Coordinating organisation. Gina Mihai, the Project Manager, was asked about what she thinks about the first year of the project. Her response was: "We are extremely satisfied with the results of the first year and very excited as the second year has just started!".
The numbers are clear: more than one thousand teachers have been involved, more than 150 educational resources have been published on www.amgenteach.eu, and nearly 89% of participants said that they enhanced their abilities in using IBSE methods!
When asked why she is so excited, Gina replies: "Well, we are going to add a major change. We are experimenting Distance Learning Activities in other languages than English. On October 12-16 2015 we will have the first DLA in French! We care about teachers. They are preparing the next generation of scientists, they are shaping the future of Europe, we want to help them as much as we can in doing their job!".
The DLA will be held by Estelle Durand on the respiratory system, its most common diseases and how to present it using an IBSE approach.
However, there is more to the Amgen Teach project and its first year launch. Outstanding participants in the face-to-face training in Brussels have shared their experiences using IBSE method in class in front of a camera, and the video collecting their stories has been released on 24/09/2015 through EUN’s social media channels and website.
"I think everyone should see it. It is super inspirational and it really gives an idea of what it means to be an AmgenTeach teacher. It includes enhancing your skills, using them with your pupils and working in a more satisfactory way for you and for your students. It helps students become more active and engaged. Isn’t that great?".
Exceptionally, we have a testimonial from a student, from Italy. The student after a class using IBSE methods wrote in his feedback form the following:
“We were asked “to attempt”, to try, we were given a question to verify without the use of a cookbook or any instruction; we have had to reach this goal relying on ourself. Someone made a mistake, someone tried twice or more to do the experiment, but, always, through experimentation, trying. This method is more effective than the traditional one. We were able to memorize the concepts better. It is the best way to learn something, enjoying the process and have the opportunity to arrive at an understanding by myself.”
According to Gina, this is extremely important: “This is proof that the IBSE methods are working and that is extremely rewarding both for students and teachers. At school, I never had the chance to speak in this way about my science classes. Now we can empower teachers, and they can empower students, the future!”.
But this is not the end. Stories collected from teachers, their case studies, will be included in a publication that will be released in October 2015.
“This publication will be only the first one of a series, and this is not the only idea we have in mind at the moment.” When asked for more details, Gina responds “I cannot disclose any further information for the time being. I would just suggest people to follow our website www.amgenteach.eu regularly, and register to the teacher community. It will take just one minute of your time and benefits will last longer, for sure.”
I will follow her advice, what about you?