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Welcome to week 3

Find out what we will be learning on Week 3 of the course Astronomy and Space Physics: Teaching Secondary Science.
It’s the last leg of the course. Welcome to week three. In this week, we’ll share with you some fantastic ways of keeping abreast with current science, and how you can provide your students with the opportunity to hear from and meet real scientists. Not only that, we’ll highlight ways to get your students working on real scientific data and using equipment that professional astronomers do. Teaching has also seen a new mode of operation in recent times - virtual teaching. We’ll look through the benefits and difficulties experienced with online teaching, as well as providing a few tips and tricks to make your virtual lessons more engaging and interactive.
We hope that your students have the opportunity to meet with real scientists and engage with the wider scientific community, whether that’s through school trips to a science centre or museum, or through digital experiences and opportunities. Our aim is to support you. We want to provide you with the knowledge and tools to blow the minds of your students through creative and interesting science lessons. We want you to be able to foster a lifelong impression in your students to learn, investigate, explore, and enjoy the vast universe in which we live.

In Week 3, we’ll discuss the importance of linking education with the professional world of science and highlight some brilliant opportunities that can help your students connect with real science and scientists. We’ll look at digital tools and physical trips such as one to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, as ways of getting your students inspired to follow a career in science.

We’ll also look at how you can approach teaching online. Focusing on how to setup to teach virtually, how to keep yourself and your students safe online, and how to build an engaging and interactive lesson that keeps your students enthused about learning science.

Towards the end, we’ll also take some time to reflect on how your perceptions and confidence in teaching secondary science may have changed having completed the course, so we encourage you to share your thoughts.

We hope that you’ve been prompted to consider a range of factors that affect science learning and feel prepared to plan effective lessons with your newly consolidated knowledge of space physics. Now it’s time to expand out beyond the curriculum. If you are enthusiastic and passionate about science, your students will be infected with that excitement too.

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it’s about inspiring!

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