ASRT (Association of Secondary Research Teachers) presents…

2016 Annual Stage 2 Research Project conference

 

The 21st Century Educator: As a Cross-Disciplinary teacher, you are already there!

Prince Alfred College: Saturday 20th of February, 2016

8.15-8.45 REGISTRATION / COFFEE / NETWORKING
8.45 – 9.00am Chris McGuire: President ASRT: Introduction and housekeeping
9.00-9.30am Research Project plenary: overview of the Chief Assessor’s Report

Each assessment type: 10 minute snapshot

Ass. Type 1: Folio / Ass. Type 2: Outcome / Ass. Type 3: Evaluation

Jasmin Parasiers and Tracey Dorian

9.35am-10.20am WORKSHOP 1: choose one of the following
  Leadership Stream

Aimed at Research Project Leaders, or those aspiring to be; 3 workshops of ways to develop strategies for Cross-Disciplinary teaching excellence within your team, and your school.

      Pedagogy Stream

Take-away teaching practices, directly related to the Research Project – designed to help the process of facilitating students from their Question through to their findings.

        General Stream

Workshops with specific focus on the familiar, yet challenging, elements of the RP

Leading with consistency

​Shared language amongst a teaching team is important; Enable students to capture and organise the right evidence of their research and in a consistent way across your team through the use of various thinking tools; all in the context of a common Thinking Skills Framework.

Gerard Alford – ITC Thinking skills Framework

Google Search

Most students will use google search in the Research Project. You will be surprised to discover what you and your students don’t know about this essential skill.

 

Learn the secrets of google search from a Google Certified Innovator and search expert.

Penny Collins

Capabilities: How to get the ‘+’ in your folio!

The capabilities in the folio are at times what students struggle with the most. This workshop is all about how the capabilities are actually the ‘lens’ for a student’s investigation. When the capability becomes a significant component of the RP, the capability reflections become insightful; we’ll put an end to those empty generic statements.

Tracey Dorian

10.25am- 10.50am Keynote Speaker: Hon Dr Susan Close MP

Minister for Education and Child Development.

10.50-11.15am MORNING TEA
11.20am-12pm WORKSHOP 2: choose one of the following
In-house moderation &

institute of Educational Assessors

Hear about ways to lead your team at the “business end”; that is, making those all-important assessment decisions. Opportunities for Professional Learning/new teacher training exist right under your nose just by taking a “team” approach to confirmation of achievement against standards and assessment practices, in general.

Bob Buxton and Chris McGuire

An insight into assessing the assessment design criteria for the evaluation.

This session will provide a breakdown of the assessment design criteria of the Evaluation, and include an explanation of the likely characteristics of these criteria at various levels.

Luke Nash and Adele Broster

 

Ideas and strategies to start teaching RP successfully

Choosing a topic, refining a research question, organising a Folio of research and identifying key findings. This workshop will give beginning teachers a range of ideas and strategies to tackle those first few weeks head on!

Ingrid Lees

12.05-12.45pm WORKSHOP 3:  choose one of the following
Using Google Tools to facilitate supervision and feedback.

See how Google Apps can facilitate management of the Research Project by allowing you monitor student progress, communicate remotely and provide feedback. See how using Google Apps makes excuses like “I lost my USB”, “I emailed that to you” or “my machine crashed” a thing of  the past.

Penny Collins

Language strategies for enhancing the evaluation.

This session will provide teachers with a range of strategies that focus on  the language and literacy skills required for students to evaluate successfully.

Julie Tarzia (AISSA)

“The Research Question – “So What”!

This workshop is ideal for participants who are exploring ways to encourage more of their students to elevate their Research Project beyond seeking simple facts and towards deep critical analysis and decision-making. Good research projects go beyond just a general description. Great research projects investigate deeply into the topic;  Learn about “Problem – Solution”, the ideal thinking tool for deep analysis, justifying and creative problem solving.

Gerard Alford – ITC Thinking skills Framework

12.45 -1.15pm LUNCH for ALL!!!
1.20pm-2.45pm TEACHERS’ HOT TOPICS: Q and A

(choose one from each session)

Sessions are repeated; no-one misses out!

1.20pm-2.00pm Session 4A
Lisa Pope Science: Science based RPs can be the most straightforward and extremely rewarding for students.  Hear from a humanities teacher how to manage and encourage these options.
Chris McGuire and Maddie O’Brien-Dent Evaluation: It happens at the end but don’t let students leave it ‘til last.

Things that you must insist on from students during the research journey to support, in particular the E2 and E3, criteria; and novel ways to deliver; writing seminars, “Top 5s” and student marking practice sessions. It is not as tough as students may think.

Nathan Doble and Virginia Grantham Safety Nets and Checkpoints: Ensure the success of all students in your RP class – even those most at risk. This session will examine a range of structures that you can put in place to support those students for whom the RP will be very challenging.
Tracey Dorian Beginning Teachers: Top 10 Strategies for Success: This session is for teachers absolutely new to the Research Project who want some handy hints for not only the delivery of the course but also how to plan and manage the coursework (timelines for assessment types and checkpoints).
2.05pm-2.45pm Session 4B
Lisa Pope Science: Science based RPs can be the most straightforward and extremely rewarding for students.  Hear from a humanities teacher how to manage and encourage these options.
Chris McGuire and Maddie O’Brien-Dent Evaluation: It happens at the end but don’t let students leave it ‘til last.

Things that you must insist on from students during the research journey to support, in particular the E2 and E3 criteria; and novel ways to deliver; writing seminars, “Top 5s” and student marking practice sessions. It is not as tough as students (and teachers!) may think.

Nathan Doble and Virginia Grantham Safety Nets and Checkpoints: Ensure the success of all students in your RP class – even those most at risk. This session will examine a range of structures that you can put in place to support those students for whom the RP will be very challenging.
Tracey Dorian Beginning Teachers: Top 10 Strategies for Success: This session is for teachers absolutely new to the Research Project who want some handy hints for not only the delivery of the course but also how to plan and manage the coursework (timelines for assessment types and checkpoints).