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Video: PM Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools 2018

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Publication Date: 
October 2018

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[Music plays and text appears below the Prime Minister’s Prize logo: Mr Brett Crawford, Warrigal Road State School, QLD. Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools]

[Image changes to show Brett Crawford and a colleague standing in front of a classroom of young children]

Brett Crawford:

Every teacher at Warrigal Road, from prep through to year six and all of our specialist teachers as well is somehow involved in science,

[Image changes to show Brett Crawford, seated and talking to the camera]

whether they’re teaching it in their classroom or supporting it.

[Image changes back to show Brett Crawford and colleagues walking and talking together]

Teachers need a framework for how science is going to go from year level to year level,

[Image changes back to show Brett Crawford, seated and talking to the camera]

and part of my job has also been to step back from the science curriculum and see it as a whole.

[Image changes to show Brett Crawford standing with a group of students presenting a science lesson]

I’ve worked with schools that network with us so that they can see how we frame our science teaching,

[Image changes to show one of the students bending down to view a slide through a microscope]

and how we approach our science coaching so that our influence continues to grow.

[Image changes to show Brett Crawford standing with an outstretched arm with a computer generated image of a launching rocket ship sitting above his opened hand]

The important thing about science is that it teaches you to look for the evidence.

[Image changes back to show Brett Crawford standing with a group of students presenting a science lesson]

We have so much information coming at our young people today that students need to understand that you need the facts. I teach students, not necessarily, to look for the truth, look for the facts.

[Image changes back to show Brett Crawford, seated and talking to the camera and then changes back to show Brett standing with a group of students presenting a science lesson]

When you know what the facts are, you can work out for yourself what the truth is.

Winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science teaching in primary schools is, for me, an affirmation that what we’re doing here at Warrigal Road is recognised as quality science teaching,

[Image changes to show Brett Crawford and two students working on a robotics experiment]

and that we are doing the best possible work for our students.

[Image changes back to show Brett Crawford, seated and talking to the camera]

I love it when we find something happening in an experiment and the student turns to me and says,

[Image changes back to show Brett Crawford standing with a group of students presenting a science lesson blowing bubbles]

“Mr Crawford, why is this going on?”

[Camera zooms in on Brett blowing the bubbles while the children watch and then the camera zooms in on the children’s faces and then the bubbles in an aquarium]

And I can say to them, “I don’t know, isn’t it great” because that means that we are mutually learning something new.

[Image changes to show Brett standing in a classroom helping children and then smiling at the camera]

It empowers them and then they take that onto the next level and the next level, and you explain to them, no, not magic, science!

[Music plays and text appears below the Prime Minister’s Prize logo: Mr Brett Crawford, Warrigal Road State School, QLD. Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools]

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