Teacher Professional Learning

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, with particular attention to engaging girls in STEM.

Upcoming opportunities

CONASTA 69 - Canberra, ACT
We would like to invite you to participate in CONASTA 69, the annual science education conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). In 2022 CONASTA will be hosted by the Science Educators Association of the ACT (SEA*ACT) from 25–28 September.

The CONASTA 69 theme of “Science Revealed” has been chosen to showcase all that Canberra has to offer as a science City.

As the major science education event in Australia, CONASTA has a strong reputation for offering high quality and stimulating professional learning experiences for science teachers, school laboratory technicians/managers and others with an interest in science education. Our delegates include representatives from all Australian states and territories, government and non-government schools, all years of schooling and from metropolitan, rural and remote locations.

See CONASTA 69: Science Revealed for more details and to register.

Free teacher PD with the Centre of Resource Excellence (CoRE) Learning Foundation

Educators from the CoRE Learning Foundation will showcase their new ‘Gamifying Earth Science Learning’ initiative in an upcoming FREE teacher professional development workshop. The platform boasts curriculum linked video games for Year 6 (natural hazards) and Year 8 (geology). It uses gameplay and student collaboration to explore geological phenomena and processes, and how they link to real world applications. The in-person session is at Geoscience Australia in Canberra.

Date: Thursday 29 September 2022
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Location: Geoscience Australia, Symonston, Canberra
Register via eventbrite

Teaching Secondary Earth Science

Plate tectonics misconceptions Part 1

This session of “Can I Fall Down the Cracks?” focuses on common misconceptions that are encountered when teaching plate tectonics.

Plate tectonics misconceptions Part 2

This session of “Can I Fall Down the Cracks?” focuses on common misconceptions that are encountered when teaching about hazards associated with plate tectonics.

Teaching Primary Earth Science

The accompanying PowerPoint presentations from the sessions are available on our website.

Earth Science professional learning session

This session focuses on teaching ‘Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity’. The presenters introduce slow changes to the surface and show hands-on investigations of weathering and erosion processes.

Earth Science professional learning session

This session focuses on teaching ‘sudden geological changes and extreme weather events that can affect Earth’s surface’. Geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis) are the main topics considered and the presenters show hands-on demonstrations and inquiry activities to support student understanding.

All our videos are available on our YouTube channel.

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 (ESWA). Australian Earth Science Education (https://ausearthed.com.au/) is the national entity to ESWA and also runs professional learning sessions, particularly for senior secondary.