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Professional Development Opportunities
Vicphysics acknowledges the support of the Department of Education Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

Programs offered so far:
The Forces and motion intensive module for Science teachers of Years 7 – 10 has completed two six-week blocks in 2022.  One at Kew High School, then one in Hamilton at Monivae College.  The module will be offered again in 2023.  Dates and venues are yet to be finalised.

A Special Relativity intensive module for VCE Physics teachers was run in term 4 2022, also as a six-week block as an online PD. See details below. It will also be repeated in 2023. This Special Relativity intensive module steps you through the key concepts and skills required to successfully teach the relevant content in VCE Physics.
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Future Programs: Five modules are being developed, four relevant to science teachers at the 7 – 10 level: forces and motion, electric circuits, light and sound, sources of electricity; and one for VCE Physics teachers: special relativity.

One of the Level 7 – 10 courses will be offered per term. The VCE Physics topic anticipates an increased prominence of Special Relativity in the new VCE Physics Study design and will also be offered in term 2 in 2023. The courses will also be offered in regional areas.

Why participate in SR Program?:

  • Deepen your understanding of key concepts in special relativity
  • Engage in key simulations and activities that you can directly deploy in your classroom
  • Unpack typical student misconceptions and learn best practice pedagogy for combating them
  • Improve your ability to differentiate curriculum and assessment student achievement
  • Access materials to support your classroom practice prepared by experienced teachers and science education academics associated with the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network
  • Become part of a network like-minded teachers who are striving to improve their practice

SR Program: Six two-hour workshops, presented by experienced teacher, Theo Hughes assisted by Colin Hopkins. It was presented online in Term 4, 2022 in six weekly sessions on Thursdays from 20th October to 24th November, starting at 4:30pm.
Cost: $240 per participant, with discounts available for teachers from schools with a low ICSEA rank.
Once dates are confirmed, you can book here: Click here. Please note: The booking system does not work with Internet Explorer, so you will need to use another browser. A credit card is preferred, but the system can generate an invoice for payment by EFT if the school does not have a credit card and will not reimburse a personal credit card.

Why participate in Forces and Motion program?

  • Deepen your conceptual understanding of key force and motion ideas.
  • Engage in key hands-on practical activities that you can directly deploy in your classroom.
  • Unpack typical student misconceptions and learn best practice pedagogy for combatting them.
  • Improve your ability to differentiate curriculum and assess student achievement.
  • Access materials to support your classroom practice prepared by experienced teachers and science
    education academics associated with the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network.
  • Become part of a network of like-minded teachers that are striving to improve their practice

A Forces and motion intensive module for Science teachers of Years 7 – 10

  • Are you teaching Science in Years 7 to 10 and finding the physics challenging?
  • Are you out of your field of expertise?

This Forces and motion intensive module steps you through the key concepts and skills required to successfully teach the relevant Year 7 – 10 curriculum content.
Scope: This project offers out-of-field teachers an opportunity to engage deeply with curriculum by stepping them through the vertical conceptual development of the relevant key knowledge and skills in the curriculum and by explicitly working through appropriate interactive learning activities, enabling teachers to experience the content both as students and teachers.
Previous Programs: Six two-hour workshops on Forces and Motion, presented by experienced science teacher, Jane Coyle, in Term 3 last year at Kew High School and by Barbara McKinnon at Monivae College in Hamilton in Term 4.

Next Programs: Additional dates, venues and times for 2023 will be announced early in Term 1.

This event is organised by the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network and is supported by the Strategic Partnerships Program of the Department of Education and Training.

For other queries please email Vicphysics