Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions in that it gives you an opportunity to make an impact on a future generation. Being a teacher, particularly a science teacher, takes patience, dedication, passion, and the ability to do more with less. It is a treacherous journey often filled with just as many valleys as there are mountains.
The Science Learning Center located in the Museum’s Naturalist Center is a place for science educators in high schools to enhance their professional knowledge and teaching skills. The concept of the Center originated in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the UK, which refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that school teachers gain both formally and informally as they work, beyond any initial training.
With the 12-year compulsory education program is coming soon, it is inevitable that teaching sciences in Taiwan’s primary and high schools will become extremely challenging and hard. In view of their rich and diverse learning resources, the Ministry of Education, ROC established three science learning centers in science museums including the Taichung-based Natural Science Museum, the Taipei-based Science Education Center and Kaohsiung-based Science and Technology Museum to help teachers expand their knowledge about science continuity and resilience, and keep improving their teaching.
The Museum’s Science Learning Center starts up its service to the public on June 12, 2014. It offers in-depth professional development on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) access, equity, and leadership. It provides a revolutionary platform for elementary and high school teachers to make lesson planning more efficient and lesson delivery more dynamic. It makes introductory science courses engaging and effective. Most of all, teachers who participate in our training will be very positive about the professional courses provided and able to more effectively inspire their students’ interest in science and technology when they go back to school!