‘I don’t like being called a teacher. I consider myself a facilitator of learning’

May 17
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Suzy Urbaniak was the 2016 winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. She is Earth & Environmental Science Teacher at Kent Street High School, and an advocate of trans-disciplinarian, STEAM based learning.

A Geologist by profession, she found the classroom to be completely disconnected from the reality of working in science when she began teaching. In response, she prototyped a new system called CoRE, which focuses on authentic, hands-on science work.

Field trips are a significant component of her teaching-learning practices. Students are visual learners and it is through these experiences that they understand how theoretical science applies to real world context.

Watch Suzy’s video about CoRE:

Source: Stories Out Loud

Suzy will be speaking about ‘CoRE – the experiential, project based learning program’ in the Secondary School Stream of the Improving STEM Education conference this August. Book soon to secure early bird rates!


Submitted by Jessica Farrelly

Jessica Farrelly

Jessica is part of the marketing team at Criterion, specialising in content and social media. Originally from Ireland, she’s an avid traveller and moved to Sydney after a year spent living out of a backpack in Asia.

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