Science or Mathematics Teaching
The NSW Trade & Investment Eureka Prize for Science or Mathematics Teaching is sponsored by NSW Trade & Investment.
The NSW Trade & Investment Eureka Prize for Science or Mathematics Teaching is awarded to a secondary school science or mathematics teacher who has motivated and inspired students to become involved in student-centred investigation and whose work impacts on the science and/or mathematics participation and performance of students in their school.
The NSW Trade & Investment Eureka Prize for Science or Mathematics Teaching is focused on work undertaken by a teacher that impacts on the science and/or mathematics participation and performance of students in the school.
This "curiosity-driven learning" must be undertaken as part of the school's teaching and learning program. It could be part of classroom programs or could include inspiring and encouraging students to pursue learning in science and/or mathematics as an exercise in itself - through local community projects, industry or work placements, science enrichment programs or entries for competitions.
While judges will consider activity by an entrant that has a wider impact among students generally, or that impact indirectly on students through work such as curriculum development, the bulk of the entrant's submission should relate to activity that has had a direct and demonstrable impact on the students taught by the entrant at their school.
Entries should specifically address how the teacher's work meets the following judging criteria:
1. Excellence in design and delivery of a science and/or mathematics learning program
a) Describe the methods used by the teacher to engage students in curiosity-driven learning. What principles underpin these methods and how are these principles manifested in these methods i.e. what is the "design" behind the learning program? How was the learning program(s) developed and implemented?
b) Describe how and why the methods used by the teacher are innovative.
c) Describe the extent to which the teacher's methods integrate science and/or mathematics teaching with other key learning areas in the school's educational program.
d) Explain the extent to which the learning program provides an external interface to real world science (e.g. through local community projects, industry or work placements, addressing social and ethical issues raised by science, participation in science competitions etc).
2. Effectiveness in encouraging and developing scientific and/or mathematical thinking in students
a) How effective has the teacher been in encouraging and inspiring students to develop scientific and/or mathematical thinking (i.e. how have students responded)?
b) To what extent has the teacher provided effective guidance and feedback to students?
This prize is open to all secondary school science and mathematics teachers.
Entries involving more than one teacher are not eligible.
Entrants must be currently employed as secondary school science and/or mathematics teachers.
The work entered in this prize must have been undertaken in Australia by an Australian citizen or Australian resident no more than five (5) years before the closing date for entries.
Teachers can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If nominating a teacher, please ensure that they have the opportunity to provide input to the documentation provided in support of their nomination.
To be eligible, entrants must include at least one assessor report.
You must submit an online entry form including supporting documentation by midnight AEST Friday 4 May 2012 to be eligible for this prize.
Entries with insufficient sets of supporting documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned.
Any entries received after midnight AEST Friday 4 May 2012 will not be considered.
Hard-copy applications will not be considered.
The activity entered/nominated for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize.
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STEP 1. You must prepare one document that contains the following information:
a. Judging Criteria: a brief description of the teacher's activities, including an outline of their objectives and results to date. This description should address each of the points under the judging criteria above in order to explain how the teacher has shown excellence in design and delivery of a learning program and effectiveness in encouraging and developing scientific and/or mathematical thinking in students (four page maximum).
b. Assessor Reports: a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of four (4) written reports addressing each of the judging criteria from assessors who are familiar with the entered research (two page maximum per report). NOTE: Judges rely on assessor's reports to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on entries. Therefore, assessors should not be personally or directly involved in the activity entered in this prize.
c. CV: curriculum vitae of entrant (maximum 2 pages)
This document can be uploaded in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.
STEP 2. Submit an online entry form by midnight AEST Friday 4 May 2012
Complete the online entry form which must include your supporting document and submit by midnight AEST Friday 4 May 2012.
If you require further information or help, please call the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Unit on +61 2 9320 6483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.