This sense of belonging and inclusion significantly increases students self esteem and confidence,leading to improved efforts in class activities and assessments, because how students feel abouttheir learning in science and technology, whether negative or positive has a consequence onwhether they reach their potential or not (Hein & Price: 1994). Thus this is why I believecollaborative learning and discussion is highly important, and I plan to practise it in my class.In conclusion teaching and learning in science and technology is highly important, and a goodteacher in science and technology makes a great teacher in general. How we as teacherscontribute to the learning of our students through teaching practises and activities, defines thelevel of greatness we have achieved. Great teaching is achieved through, continuous learning anddeveloping of knowledge, the application of frameworks in the classroom to assist in the greater development of students and lastly using collaborative learning and discussion to extend studentsfurther. This is what I will implement in my classroom, so that I can become a great teacher!
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