ASTA would like to congratulate Brian Schiller, Penny George and Sharra Martin, who will be accompanying ASTA President Robyn Aitken and CEO Vic Dobos on the 2015 Exchange.
Brian Schiller teaches Years 2 and 3 at Seacliff Primary School in SA. He is looking forward to experiencing Japanese culture and observing first-hand how a classroom in Japan operates. "This will surely help to make the 'Japanese in Science' programme that I run at Seacliff Primary more effective,' he said.
Penny George is a Year 7 Biology and Chemistry teacher from Wanniassa School in the ACT. Penny hopes the Exchange will give her "increased global perspective of science teaching in Asia" and that it will "foster a greater connection to my school's Japanese program by [my] being able to provide a first-hand account of the education experience of Japanese students."
Sharra Martin teaches Stage 1 and 2 Physics at the Essington International Senior College in NT, to students ranging from Years 10–12. She believes the Exchange will give her confidence to expand on her current teaching, and is particularly enthusiastic to make contact with Japanese teachers and science professionals. "I believe that meeting with other teachers and being able to collaborate while being immersed in a week-long professional learning experience will mean that I will be able to have deep thoughtful conversations and be able to bounce ideas off people," she said.
You can follow with Brian, Penny and Sharra's experience on this blog or via the twitter hashtag #ASTAJapan