The main objective of Improving mathematics and science education component is to help in building students critical thinking skills to succeed in a knowledge-based global economy. This component is implemented in partnership with Indiana University. To achieve this objective, PEP works on:
1. Professional development for mathematics and science teachers in using contemporary student centered teaching approaches
Through a variety of models of professional development, such as: training of master trainers by international experts, teachers training by master trainers and regional trainers, learning teams lead by teachers mentors, and school-based support, PEP works with all mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geography teachers. PEP develops and conducts workshops to strength teachers knowledge and skills in using effective teaching methodologies and techniques to enable students to develop 21st century skills. By the end of the project in September 2011, PEP plans to have trained all the mathematics and science teachers in Macedonia’s primary schools in two training cycles.
In partnership with Foundation Step by Step Macedonia, PEP trained 30 master trainers and organizes training workshops and in-school support visits for lower primary teachers in the use of active teaching methodology during math and science lessons. By the end of the project in September 2011, PEP plans to have trained at least 4 lower primary teachers in each primary school in Republic of Macedonia.
2. Developing school-based and national networks to support teacher’s professional development
PEP support school subject’s teacher councils and regional learning teams to develop programs, materials and activities and organizes regional meetings for teachers continuous professional development. 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 and we post the best practices and teachers materials on PEP toolbox: http://toolbox.pep.org.mk
3. Developing challenges for students
PEP develop guidelines, teaching materials, examples of activities and projects to support teachers work with students that show special interest for mathematics and science. This includes organizing and supporting regional and national events to promote Students Science Clubs, and to enable students to present their investigations, projects and their products in the area of Mathematics and Science.
4. Developing print and digital resources to improve teaching and learning
In cooperation with creative teachers, mathematics and science facilitators and Indiana University consultants PEP developed 2 manuals for master trainers, 11 teacher’s manuals, 2 mathematics and science posters, lesson examples, videos of lessons and hands-on materials that teachers from upper and lower primary can use in their work with students. By September 2011 PEP will prepare handbooks with innovative practice examples and lesson models prepared by teachers, that will be available for all teachers in electronic and paper format.