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Posted 12 November 2015 - 02:19 AM

Lower Hutt teachers, Jo Hawthorne and Eileen Falconer are not only inspiring their students through exciting and engaging learning experiences, after completing the Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching( Curriculum)  through the Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s distance learning specialist, they are more confident within their own teaching practice.

 

Lower Hutt teachers, Jo Hawthorne and Eileen Falconer are not only inspiring their students through exciting and engaging learning experiences, after completing the Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching( Curriculum)  through the Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s distance learning specialist, they are more confident within their own teaching practice.

 

Designed to build the confidence of teachers to meet the need of encouraging more young people to study science, so that they have better career opportunities in a world that is increasingly turning to science based innovations to remain globally competitive, the qualification is taught online by distance learning so that teachers can immediately use what they are learning in their own classrooms.

 

“The whole certificate has given me confidence in my ability to teach science and select relevant and interesting activities to encourage my students to be curious and take an active interest in the world around them. Each course also showed me ways of incorporating digital technology to support science concepts and present and reinforce information in different ways,” says Jo.

 

“The courses looked at concepts that primary age children should be exposed to. Information was clearly presented and easy to understand and I know my own science understanding did increase as a result of completing the certificate.”

 

Eileen agrees, adding that the readings and assessments that formed part of the study material were helpful and easy to follow, taking away the fear of science.

 

“I found the websites that we were directed to through the readings very helpful. I found the multi-choice assessment great as they made you stop and think about where certain information really belonged and at what level. I also enjoyed reading about what other students completing the certificate were doing for their practical assignments as these gave me ideas of more possible things to try. The links within readings also extended my thinking,” says Eileen.

 

“It is an excellent qualification that is constantly evolving. It is well written, lecturers are there to help you, and through the online forums your fellow students share and give ideas and you will realise that science is not a subject to be scared of.”

 

Eileen is now considering completing the Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Teaching (Curriculum).

 

Both qualifications are currently offered fee-free at the Open Polytechnic.

 

“I could not have afforded to do this qualification if I had had to pay as being a widow with two children at school means the income is stretched as it is.The benefit of distance learning for me has meant I could fit in my study when I had extra time available during the week and over the weekends. It was great that I didn’t have to commit to a specific night each week to complete the course,” says Eileen.  

Eileen adds, the best thing about distance study is having the choice when to study. 

“I didn’t need to work around timetables, childcare. Instead of making my life fit into my study, with the Open Polytechnic courses you fit the study around your life.”







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