Cairns teacher Rachael Tranter is making her teaching available virtually to her students at all times using modern technology.
The St Monica's College Science teacher has been named a finalist in the 2018 QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards for her outstanding and work in leading and supporting students through scientific discovery.
Otherwise known as ‘Chalk and Talk’ sessions, Ms Tranter’s daily lessons are condensed into brief YouTube clips designed for students to watch for homework, meaning class time is freed for her to support students as they learn and apply new skills.
Ms Tranter says that by uploading her videos to YouTube, students can access learning content on a platform they’re familiar with anytime, anywhere.
“The videos aren’t polished, but they are made by me, for my students and that helps me to build positive working relationships with the girls in my classes,” Ms Tranter said.
Ms Tranter dedicates a great deal of time to planning and supporting students through science competitions and extra-curricular projects, such as the national Sleek Geek Eureka Prize, so her students have the chance to build teamwork, communication and problem solving skills while working with a myriad of new people.
"This all builds confidence, and for there to be a level playing field for women in STEM our girls need to have the self-belief that they have what it takes," said Ms Tranter.
“When students have the self-belief to compete, they then have the confidence to talk about what they know and can do.”
Success in these competitions have led to her students being interviewed on ABC Radio FNQ, and on Triple J, and meeting Australia’s top scientists and innovators.
“As a science teacher I strive to evoke curiosity and challenge my students to question and discover the natural phenomenon that surround them and also evaluate the ways they can manipulate their own impact on the way things work,” Ms Tranter said.
“Girls are naturally more hesitant than boys and will second guess their abilities. I think that sometimes all they need is the knowledge that someone else believes they can.”
Ms Tranter’s colleague Terry Power says, “Rachael’s passion for learning is the fuel, and her commitment and dedication are the engine room for her teaching.”
One of Ms Tranter’s students said, “From my first introduction to Ms Tranter in Year 10 Chemistry, she immediately stood out from any other teacher I have had. Her enthusiasm and love of teacher was evident from the beginning.”
Congratulations Ms Tranter on being named a finalist.