Monday, 5 September 2016

Announcing our 2016 Australian cohort

ASTA would like to congratulate Cos Longo, Megan Hayes and Brett McKay, who will be accompanying ASTA President Anne Disney and CEO Vic Dobos on the 2016 Exchange.

Cos Longo teaches students from Reception to Year 7 at Our Lady of Hope, Greenwith in South Australia. He is hoping that the exchange will enrich and equip him with new ways to engage, motivate and stimulate his students.  "I would come back with a different insight for the teaching of Science having seen this through the eyes of a new culture and pedagogy," he said.

Megan Hayes is a dedicated STEM teacher at Mudgeereba Creek State School in Queensland. Megan hopes the Exchange will allow for the creation of networks that will improve her own skills through the sharing of teaching and learning ideas from local and international teachers of Science. The skills she learns will then be used to create innovative programs for her students.

Brett McKay is the Head of the Department at Kirrawee High School in New South Wales.  Kirrawee High supports an annual student exchange with two Japanese schools and Brett believes the Exchange will allow him to better understand the techniques that Japanese students are used to in instruction and to develop our lessons to enhance their own exchange program. "Our students discuss on return from their exchange ideas that they have experienced in lessons in Japan. This exchange will enable me to have a better understanding of the techniques used in Japan and apply them with our students, so there is a better continuum of learning," he said.

You can follow Cos, Megan and Brett's experience on this blog or via the twitter hashtag #ASTAJapan

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