Education Teacher Professional Learning

Last updated:11 October 2023

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.

Virtual professional learning sessions – Term 4

In a continuation of our online professional learning series, we are running two new FREE standalone sessions that explore content within Geoscience Australia’s data portals. Secondary teachers will be guided through accessing the data portals and learn practical ways to integrate real data into the geography or science classroom.

Session 1: Changes over time using satellite imagery
Tuesday 28 November, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm AEST.

Learn where and how to access historical satellite imagery and analyse changes to the ground surface. See water coverage and land cover changes as well as alterations to the position of coastlines around Australia over the last 30 years.

Session 2: Critical minerals; how, where, and why?
Tuesday 5 December, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm AEST.

Learn what makes a mineral ‘critical’ and their importance in the green and modern technologies. Accessing data in a map-portal to analyse the locations and reasons for why some critical minerals are found in Australia.

TESEP Professional Learning sessions onsite at Geoscience Australia

To learn more and register please fill out the form and send to registration@tesep.org.au and officemanager@asta.edu.au

Workshop 1: Plate Tectonics and the Rock Cycle Monday 4 December at 9am to 3:30/4pm
Starts at the Geoscience Australia’s Education Centre, finishes at Red Hill at 3:30pm or Deakin shops at 4pm
Cost: $70

Workshop 2: Critical Minerals in the Energy Transition
Tuesday 5 December 2023 at 9am to 3pm
Geoscience Australia’s Education Centre
Cost: $70

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

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 is the national entity to ESWA and also runs professional learning sessions, particularly for senior secondary.