Date : 30 - 31 May 2018
Venue: Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Biology is an ever-changing field where new discoveries can be made on a daily basis, improving our understanding of biological principles and shaping the direction of future investigations. Teaching biology to young students in a school with advanced biology development can thus be especially challenging and demanding as educators/teachers have to constantly keep up with the new discoveries and knowledge.
NUS Department of Biological Sciences has organized a 2-Day Teachers’ Workshop from 30th to 31st May 2018 to biology/science teachers from schools in Singapore. This workshop aims to update knowledge and concepts of fundamental biology topics and to facilitate the introduction of contemporary topics and techniques in the classroom. It is also designed to provide both new and experienced teachers with a dynamic setting where they can gain new insights into modern biology. The knowledge gained would be useful for developing and improving curriculum materials for science/biology classes.
The 2-Day Teachers’ Workshop has covered lectures and related hands-on laboratory sessions, conducted by highly experienced professors, senior teaching staffs and technical staffs specializing in various fields of biology. The lectures has included from the fundamentals of Teaching Biology and Plant Biology to the specializing topics such as Genetics and Model Organisms.
36 teachers from 11 secondary schools and 3 pre-tertiary schools participated in the workshop. This platform provided an opportunity for the school teachers to gain knowledge on the latest topics and new developments in biological sciences and hopefully they will apply the concepts and techniques learnt to their teachings at schools. The teachers were enlightened on the workshop contents, which were interesting and enriching. We are looking forward to organizing another similar workshop for next year.
Dr Seow Teck Keong gave his first lecture on ‘What can change? What Cannot Change?’
Teachers were enthusiastically discussing on the topics during the brainstorming session
Dr Wu Jinlu gave his talk on ‘Genetics and Model Organisms’
Teachers were concentrated in pipetting during the lab exercises session
A group photograph taken at the end of session
For more information on future workshops, please contact
Reena Devi (Ms)