Trainer of the Month: Matthew Broderick

Huge congratulations to April’s Trainer of the Month, Matthew Broderick, the Network Leader for Science, who recently ran an interactive science workshop for GEMS Science teachers.

Each month we celebrate a member of our teaching community who has delivered an outstanding training experience for teacher trainees or professional peers. The title of Trainer of the Month is awarded for professionalism, workshop evaluations and feedback.

Matthew organized a free to attend PLD day for the GEMS Science teachers on Saturday 28th April at GEMS World Academy, Dubai, with an aim to deliver useful PD sessions to as many teachers as possible, and to allow teachers in the region to network about science and education.

Over 100 teachers attended the session where they were offered workshops on “Datalogging that will make your heart race”, “Wireless Colorimetry”, “Digital Microscopy using Free Apps”, “Fun Physics” and “How Kognity Improves Learning.”

Some teachers were rewarded with prizes courtesy of TELLAL and Pearson on the day, while all made new friends and contacts for future collaborations. But the most important thing that every single teacher left with was a host of new ideas to try in their classroom – no matter the age or curriculum of their students.

With the fast pace at which science and technology develops, keeping up-to-date is not always easy, with science teachers often feeling like there is extra pressure on them to know what’s happening, not only in the educational world, but also the real world. Which is why regular workshops such as this are essential.

“It is great to network and to swap ideas about teaching science, whether you are new to the profession or a teacher of 30 years,” says Matthew. “Hearing new ideas and finding new ways to engage learners can be found in these sessions. Most of all, science should be fun!”

Matthew would like to extend his gratitude to all of the HODs, PD leaders, principals, and most importantly, the teachers that attended. “Without this effort, there would be no networking and the event would simply not happen: Thank you!”

Well done Matthew, a passionate advocate for science and a worthy winner of this month’s title.

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