October 22-24, 2014

On 22-24 October 2014 there was carried out seminar-workshop for Chemistry teachers of Grades 11-12 on the base of Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Shymkent. 17 teachers of Intellectual Schools took part in the work of seminar. The seminar was organized by Centre for Educational Programmes, senior manager of Mathematics and Science Department A.K. Magzumova with the help of Chemistry teachers of the school for the purpose of supporting the teachers in the course of implementation of Integrated Educational Programme. The work of seminar was realized with application of Inquiry Based Learning method, where the teachers get new knowledge and skills by the way of conducting practical works using modern equipment.     

Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools are equipped with up-to-date learning equipment PASCO and PHYWE allowing to teach subjects of scientific cycle through the practice and activity approach. Therefore one of the primary goals of the seminar has been to develop teachers’ knowledge in the given sphere and inculcate skills of work with the given equipment for efficient organization of learning process.    

Using SPARK Science Learning System the participants made acid-base titration of strong acid with strong base, defined progress speed of some reactions, and molecular mass of inorganic compound by method of galvanometry. With application of glass jacket system of PHYWE the Gas rules and Perfect gas law were checked. With application of Cobra 3 equipment the teacher learned to determine standard electrochemical potential of several metals for extraction of electrochemical series of the metals activity.       

Practicals “Defining raise of temperature at neutralization reaction behavior”, “Defining solution concentration of lactic acid”, “Qualitative analysis of some metal solutions” were carried out in the form of external examination conducted by Cambridge International Examinations in different countries. All the works were checked according to the established “mark-schemes”.     

The participants were given the worksheets and instructive cards as methodic support for conducting the given works in their schools, and handbooks on adjustment and calibration of applied equipment.  

In feedback forms the teachers noted practical orientation of the seminar. The teachers expressed confidence that knowledge and skills gained during the seminar would promote more efficient preparation of Grades 11-12 learners to external summative assessment.