Teacher Programs

Geoscience Australia knows that helping teachers to better understand and teach the earth sciences will lead to better experiences for budding science and geography students. Throughout the year Geoscience Australia hosts earth science related programs and events for teachers. These initiatives focus on the skills and knowledge needed to teach geoscience topics within the Australian National Curriculum.

Thursday 21 March 2019

TESEP session: Riding the Climate Roller Coaster

This one-day workshop looks back over the last 4.6 billion years to find the drivers of climate change throughout geological time and discusses the impact climate fluctuations have  had in the past as revealed by the rock record. This PD also examines the additional impact human activity is thought to have and the geological evidence for it and provides guidance on how teachers and students can access raw data to evaluate the results for themselves. Recommended for secondary and senior secondary teachers.

To book contact the ACT TESEP coordinator Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Friday 22 March 2019

TESEP  session: Powerful Stuff (energy)

Examines the geology and physics of uranium and how this fuel works in modern reactors and places the common fears associated with this technology in context. This PD also compares all sources of electrical energy: renewables and non-renewables and discusses them within the context of the Australian situation. Recommended for secondary and senior secondary teachers.

To book contact the ACT TESEP coordinator Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Two adults launching a rocket made out of plastic tubing and using soft drink bottles.

Teacher exploring rockets during a professional learning session.

Friday and Saturday 5-6 April 2019

STEMEd Conference 2019

This first-ever combined associations conference in the ACT is for P-12 classroom teachers and school leaders from government and non-government school sectors to learn about leading practice in STEM education and innovative futures learning initiatives. Friday events will be held concurrently at various locations across Canberra, and will provide opportunities for participants to engage in presentations and hands-on experiences in various areas of STEM education. The Saturday workshops will be held at the Ann Harding Conference Centre at the University of Canberra, and will offer an amazing opportunity for teachers and organisations to learn about leading STEM education practices, and engage with a diverse range of STEM experts. Geoscience Australia will be one of the venues available to visit on the Friday and will be presenting a workshop on the Saturday.

Friday 10 May 2019

Primary Teacher's Earth Science Professional Learning (9am to 12.30pm), Geoscience Australia, Symonston

The Geoscience Australia education team is offering a professional learning session for middle and upper primary teachers to enhance their confidence and skills in teaching Earth Science. At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including practical inquiry activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science, particularly at the Year 4 and 6 levels. Contact education@ga.gov.au for more information.

Thursday to Sunday 20-23 June 2019

Proposed geology field trip to Kioloa, south coast of New South Wales, run by TESEP.

7-10 July 2019

CONASTA

CONASTA 68, the annual science education conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). The venue is Darwin High School.

Thursday 8 August 2019

TESEP session: Our Place in Space

A day focused on hands-on activities which also discusses the position we occupy on planet Earth within the context of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Recommended for upper primary and secondary teachers.

To book contact the ACT TESEP coordinator Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Woman pointing to a model of the sun and phases of the moon.

TESEP coordinator, Bec, explaining the phases of the moon.

Friday 9 August 2019

TESEP session: Plate Tectonics (the reason for the challenging Earth)

This PD explains how the theory of Plate Tectonics was developed and how this relatively new paradigm not only explains why the Earth is so dynamic but also how it can be used to reconstruct the past appearance of the planet, predict the most likely locations of mineral and hydrocarbon deposits and explain the distribution patterns of fossil and extant animals and plants. Recommended for secondary teachers.

To book contact the ACT TESEP coordinator Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Three teachers explaining a model they have created with a piece of paper, skewers and beads to describe earthquake depth.

Teachers investigating the depth of earthquakes during a professional learning session.

Friday 11 October 2019

20th anniversary of the opening of the Geoscience Australia Education Centre

Watch this space for more details.

Saturday 12 October 2019

Proposed geology field trip to the Yass region (particularly suitable for senior EES teachers) run by TESEP.

Monday 9 December 2019

TESEP session: Rocks for beginners and lab techs

A guided journey through the rock cycle from intrusion to mineralised veins, volcano to sediment and everything in-between and how we mine and utilise Earth resources. This session is targeted at teachers who are new to teaching this topic, together with lab techs; no question will be too silly.

To book contact the ACT TESEP coordinator Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Two adults sitting at a table, one looking at a piece of rock using a hand lens and the other looking on

Teachers looking at a rock sample during a professional learning session.

Tuesday 10 December 2019

TESEP session: Canberra fieldtrip

This field trip will take teachers to a variety of sites in Canberra that can be used for short excursions. Teachers will learn about the geological features of each site and undertake a task that could be used by students. The activities will be targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students, although teachers of Years 7-10 will also find it valuable.

To book contact the ACT TESEP coordinator Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Person standing in front of a rock cutting which has many different coloured layers.

Greg explaining the State Circle road cutting on the Canberra field trip.

TESEP

The Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) runs professional learning sessions across the country. For further information about programmes in your state visit https://tesep.org.au. In Western Australia similar sessions are available from Earth Science Western Australia see http://www.earthsciencewa.com.au/.