All of our courses are fully online.
All of our courses are fully online.
Welcome to the Intermediate Science General course. We hope you are excited to start on this journey and we trust that you are looking forward to an engaging, purposeful, fun, and professionally enriching experience! Science is an exciting way of knowing in our world. It underpins many innovations and technologies. Science is critically important to sound decision-making; it’s dynamic and exhilarating; and it can be challenging and, often, controversial. When the study of science merges with the characteristics inherent to the Intermediate learner, amazing things can happen!
This course will remind teachers of the importance of science in our ever-changing society. You will be encouraged to explore ways to share the intrigue, the discipline, and the wonder that science demands of learners. You’ll also learn how to embed knowledge, skills, and mental habits in our students so they become life-long learners. The focus will be on teaching Intermediate learners (Grades 7–10) who are themselves changing as fast as the world around them.
This course is designed to refresh your understanding and comfort level with principles of effective teaching and learning, curriculum development, and professional practices. It is also designed to dig deeper into how Intermediate students learn science and how teachers can plan for success, conduct engaging and effective lessons, employ best practices in assessment and evaluation, and critically evaluate an Intermediate science course. By the end of this course, you should feel comfortable with the Intermediate science curriculum, how students learn, and how science is best taught to Intermediate learners. Your skills and knowledge will be enhanced to give you confidence, resources, strategies, and a positive outlook on teaching science in the Intermediate years.
Course Learning Expectations
In this course you will have the opportunity to:
• understand that building a caring, supportive, safe, and engaging learning community will lead to achievement, success, growth, and life-long learning
• recognize the important and unique aspects of the Intermediate science learner that centre around choice, motivation, individual and social wellness, and recognition of developmental progress
• critically examine the learning and teaching styles of all members of a learning community to maximize engagement, achievement, and growth
• discover how science is a way of knowing that involves inquiry, exploration, observation, logic, and explanation
• understand how to frame assessment in a growth-based mindset and synthesize assessment of, for, and as learning into a balanced and effective assessment strategy
• employ backward design planning and assess the effectiveness of curriculum materials
• explore contributions and ways of knowing from the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) and how these enhance the Science curriculum in a rich and holistic manner
• critically reflect on teaching techniques, resources, and development experiences and judge their importance and worth
1) OCT MEMBERSHIP
We will use the OCT number you provide during online registration to confirm you are an OCT member with an undergraduate degree.
2) YOUR ORIGINAL UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPT(S)*
Your transcript(s) must show:
The equivalent of 3.0 full-year undergraduate/graduate courses in Science or the equivalent of 2.0 full-year undergraduate/graduate courses if you already hold another intermediate qualification. Courses can include Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
*If you completed a Queen's undergrad (at any time), or a B.Ed., Honour Specialist, or an Intermediate or Senior ABQ course with us within the last 4 years you are not required to resend your transcripts.