Continuing your professional development

We finish this course with relevant next steps for your professional development and additional resources. The final activity invites you to share your action plan, setting yourself achievable next steps to sustain and embed your professional development.

Recognition from STEM Learning

If you have successfully completed the course and earned a certificate (either through upgrading or perhaps you have an Unlimited subscription), you can get recognition from STEM Learning for your professional development on this course. STEM Certificates digital badges give you a place to present your CPD with STEM Learning, showing the outcomes of courses and time spent on your professional development. Simply send a digital copy of your FutureLearn certificate as proof of completion to awards@stem.org.uk. You will need a free STEM Learning account before you submit proof of completion.

Continuing your professional development with STEM Learning

If you have found this course useful to your own practice, we would strongly encourage you to adopt a peer leadership role and support your colleagues through other online courses. Learning together, you can develop a departmental or school approach that will really make a difference to the learning of your students.

The following documents will help you plan for group professional development in your school:

The video below explains the STEM Learning Impact Journey: our approach to supporting your continuing professional development as a teacher, teaching assistant or technician.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

As this course was an introduction to curriculum design, below are further CPD courses that go into more depth and will help you establish departmental approaches to teaching science.

Residential CPD

Delivered at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, UK. Bursaries for UK state-funded schools and colleges.

Local CPD across the UK

Online courses on FutureLearn

Additional resources

Finally, we have pulled together a few extra resources for assessing students thinking in science.

  • Using a backward design approach to embed assessment in teaching. An article by Mary Whitehouse, School Science Review, 2014.
  • TEMI. Teaching with mysteries is a great way to get students talking about their ideas in science.
  • Using the P-E-O technique. This paper describes how to use the P-E-O technique (Predict-Explain-Observe) to expose students’ preconceptions about buoyancy, but you can use the same technique across a range of topics - very useful before you begin teaching a topic or unit.
  • Children’s ideas in science. Using a constructivist approach to teach selected topics, with plenty of resources to tackle misconceptions.

Action plan

Coming up with some clear actions is a great way to ensure that you embed your learning from this course into your practice.

In the comments below, let us know:

  • What you plan to do next week that’s been influenced by this course.
  • What you plan to do sometime this term as a result of your learning on this course.
  • What you plan to do in the upcoming year.

Well done for reaching this stage of the course and thank you for your participation. We look forward to working with you and supporting your professional development again.

Mark Langley and the STEM Learning Online Team

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Curriculum Design for Secondary School Science

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