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.

Thursday 29th November 2018

Help! How do I teach Design and Technologies using Project Based Learning?

Teachers will explore the new  Australian Curriculum Technologies and Science Years 7-10 and its emphasis on Problem Based Learning pedagogical approaches. They will explore food and fibre production curriculum examples and ideas to inspire their own projects. They will 'workshop' PBL contexts for Years 7-10 Technologies and Science and design a teaching program to implement using the knowledge gained about PBL.

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.

The ACT TESEP coordinator is Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

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.

The ACT TESEP coordinator is Rebecca Cashmere: ACT_coord@tesep.org.au

Thursday 13th December 2018

Primary Teacher's Earth Science Professional Learning (9am to 12 noon, 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.

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

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