Teacher Programs

Geoscience Australia knows that helping teachers to better understand and teach the earth sciences will lead to better experiences for budding science 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 the earth science subjects within the Australian National Curriculum.

Upcoming teacher professional learning sessions are being run by TESEP - Teacher Earth Science Education Programme. For further information and to register for sessions visit http://tesep.org.au/australian-capital-territory.html. The contact for these sessions is Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Thursday 9th August 2018

TESEP session: Our Place in Space

The 'Our Place in Space' workshop provides an opportunity to:

  • Discuss common conceptions/misconceptions about the movement of the Earth in space
  • Investigate concepts related to our Earth in the solar system
  • Try engaging hands-on activities for use in your classroom
  • Discuss common conceptions/ misconceptions children have regarding space/science
  • Why is the Earth special? - comparing the geology of Earth and Mars

At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science from K-10.

Friday 10th August 2018

TESEP session: Round and Round with Rocks

This workshop is targeted at science teachers who do not have a background in geology. It will examine the rock cycle and the formation of different rock types and places it in the context of plate tectonics, geological time and dynamic earth processes, including climate change. Exploration of minerals, ores and mining are put in context.

At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science, particularly at the Year 8 level.

Monday 10th December 2018

TESEP session: Round and Round with Rocks and Plate Tectonics

This workshop 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. The rock cycle and the formation of different rock types will be placed in the context of plate tectonics, geological time and dynamic earth processes, including climate change.

At the completion of this workshop teachers will be equipped with the background information and resources, including some practical activities, to assist them with teaching the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Science, particularly at the Year 8 and 9 levels.

Tuesday 11th December 2018

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 may also find it valuable.