Improving Mathematics and Science Education
The main objective of this component is to help in building students critical thinking skills to succeed in a knowledge-based global economy. It is implemented in partnership with Indiana University.
In partnership with Step by Step, Macedonia, PEP trained 30 BDE advisers for lower grades and organizes training workshops for generalist lower primary teachers in the use of active teaching methodology during math and science lessons.
Developing school-based and national networks to support teacher’s professional development;
PEP helps school subject’s teacher councils and regional learning teams to develop programs and materials for in-school professional development activities. PEP also organizes school visits and follow-up support to trained teachers. For sharing information and better communication we established a blogspot: http://mspep.blogspot.com).
Developing challenges for student’s math & science clubs in schools
This includes organizing and supporting school and regional competitions in the area of Mathematics and Science.
Developing print, digital and hands-on resources to improve teaching and learning
In cooperation with mathematics and science facilitators and Indiana University consultants PEP develops teacher’s manuals, lesson examples, videos of lessons and hands-on materials that teachers can use in their work with students. These materials are available for all mathematics and science teachers in electronic and paper format. Also, digital resources for computer use in math and science subjects are being identified, and adapted for Macedonia.
Implementation of new math and science curricula
PEP supports BDE subject curriculum working groups in improving the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geography curricula. We work to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills required for implementing the student-centered teaching and learning approaches which are required in the new curriculum.
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