COVID-19 saw unprecedented changes to schools and learning, but has also given two teachers from Kelso High School not only the chance to challenge and up-skill their own students, but also thousands of others across the state.
During COVID-19 STEM teachers Nicholas Dingle and Damien Allan led virtual staffrooms for teachers across NSW, sharing their skills and experience to ensure the ongoing quality of education for students during the lockdown, and their efforts have been recognised by the Director.
Relieving Principal of Kelso High, Stephanie Scott said Kelso High was incredibly lucky to have such talented and passionate teachers on staff.
"During the lockdown both teachers supported the delivery of STEM through the State Wide Staffroom sharing their practice through a live and recorded webinar,' she said.
"They also answered questions posed by participants, including a recorded interview sharing their STEM leadership at Kelso High Campus."
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The virtual sessions came about after Matt Scott, Professional Learning Coordinator for STEM NSW, made contact with the pair to get suggestions about teaching in lockdown.
Mr Dingle said the challenges facing teachers was not only the ability to teach students remotely but more importantly, engage them in their learning.
As teachers, he said they had to think about how students could fulfill practical requirements of the subject, the challenge being what resources students would have at home. He said it was an opportunity to look outside a traditional classroom, while giving students the chance to up-skill.