A new curriculum means not just teaching new material, it also means teaching in new ways. Whenever significant change to curriculum frameworks takes place teachers must find practical everyday ways to make this material come alive to young learners. In this online workshop participants will explore easy-to-use strategies designed specifically to address the demands of the new Australian Curriculum. Participants will explore engaging activities for teaching key historical concepts in the new curriculum, get a chance to model strategies for balancing the demands of a curriculum crowded with depth studies and overviews, discover resources and games that teachers can use to investigate history from the Ancient World to Australia and the Modern World and techniques for teaching an integrated approach to historical knowledge and skills. This online workshop is a great starting point for those wishing to learn about the Australian Curriculum and what it really means for their teaching.
For Secondary Teachers who have a history component in their curriculum
A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.
This course contributes to 10.0 professional development hours.
There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.
Introduction and follow up reflection in class
One hour workshop using video, jing and written materials such as the Sequence Strip and Significance Activities with follow up reflection in class
One hour workshop using video, jing and written materials with exploration of practical activities such as Line Debates and Hidden Thought Activities with a follow up reflection in class
One hour workshop using video, jing and written materials with exploration of practical activities such as Code Words, Problem Solving Games and Questioning techniques with a follow up reflection in class
One hour workshop using video, jing and written materials with exploration of practical activities such as Resource Auctions and Check-Listing Games with a follow up reflection in class
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I enjoyed reading, observing and applying a range of innovative teaching delivery methods. Some of these teaching and learning methods, require time and the right classroom dynamics to succeed. A 30 day course delivery, window of opportunity, limits the amount of effective feedback that can take place.
At first I was a bit disappointed with the course, I was expecting a lot more specific content detail on how to approach specific topics. I was also disappointed with the lack of feedback from the co-ordinator – there was never a personal response from Greg, even when I was struggling with the first unit of work.
However, as I started to apply some of the ideas in my classroom I actually warmed to the course a lot more and found that some of the suggested activities worked well.
The only other comment is that I feel that some of the activities need to be revised as some were a bit repetitive.
To improve the course I would be looking for specific ideas that could be applied to Depth Studies and then being able to transfer these ideas to other topic areas.
I just think for the amount of money that the course cost it would have been good if Greg himself applied some personal feedback to our emails and some suggestions on what to do to improve when things did not work as well.
As an highly experienced teacher who has been teaching English for many, many years and has just taken on Junior History, I was expecting the Course to focus on more specifics, rather than being so generic. I did not undertake this course for accreditation, rather to improve upon my skills as a History teacher.
Overall my suggested Course Rating is borderline between Satisfactory and Good.
Overall the strategies and activities given in the course are very versatile and useful in any classroom, however I would have liked more specific methods relating to the title of the course – ie. adopting the Australian History curriculum in the classroom. It was touched on in a few of the activities but I felt it was too broad and that only minimal attention was paid to the History Curriculum.
Great course. Obtained some really beneficial strategies to use in my classroom.
This course was invaluable in helping me, as a generalist secondary teacher, to establish a solid set of essential activities which I already know will help me to better deliver and meet the requirements of the History syllabus. I have students across a range of subjects (English, LOTE, and Geography) who are already enjoying the learning benefits of some of these activities. Thankyou very much for the confidence boost.
I thoroughly enjoyed many of the new techniques and activities provided in this course. It was good to see other teachers variances on the activities and how they implemented them into specific topics of the History curriculum.
I found this course really worthwhile and helpful. The activities that we were required to complete worked well in my classroom and catered to the differing abilities of my students. They were engaging, and I will definitely be using them in the future. It was an enjoyable and relatively simple course to complete, which meant that I didn’t have to spend arduous hours preparing content that I was never going to use again.
The information and strategies were fantastic in getting me to understand the new curriculum and for getting the students better engaged. I really enjoyed trying the strategies as part of my lessons.
Excellent online course. Very helpful, lots of great ideas.
I liked the course, got a few new strategies out of it to use in the classroom. Only area I think that needs to be approved is the lack of ICT strategies. More was needed in this area.
I thought the course was excellent, great ideas
This course was inspirational in adopting the new history curriculum into my classrooms. The activities/games were engaging and the students welcomed the different styles of learning, particularly at this time of the year (term 4).
Overall I enjoyed the course. It was great to learn about new teaching strategies and incorporate them into my teaching.
Well developed with excellent resources. It gave me some new approaches and activities for engaging students while meeting new syllabus outcomes.
This course was good for providing me with ideas for activities to introduce into my classroom. Students were able to engage with a variety of tasks and often the tasks gave students an opportunity to interact with each other and to produce quality work.
I found this course very interesting and relevant, especially as I am not trained in History. The activities worked very well and were easily adapted for Special Education classes (I teach a class catering for students with ASD). I will continue to use these activities in my lessons.
I really enjoyed doing the course and I have used several of the ideas on regular basis since. The highlights for me were: Timeline strips, Hidden Thoughts, Line Debate, See Think Wonder, Fist to Five, and the proofing guarantees. All very hands on and practical. They really enliven the class room and engage the students. I also work at a design thinking school, and all of these apply particularly well.
Very enjoyable course with excellent activities which I have employed in a variety of settings.
Adopting the new curriculum in the classroom was an insightful and interesting read. I really enjoyed the uploaded tutorials and wished I was there.
I found the content to be fantastic as we are not only in the process of writing programs for the National Curriculum, but also introducing self-directed learning. The methods/activities in the course were very different to those we have been told to adopt this year for self directed learning, but I believe they are much better. It has given me a completely different way of doing things.
Glen Pearsall was a Leading Teacher at Eltham High School and a Board member of the Curriculum Assessment Authority. Glen is the co-author of Literature for Life and Work Right and the author of Classroom Dynamics and the best-selling And Gladly Teach. He works throughout Australia as an educational consultant, specialising in engagement, assessment and workload reduction strategies for teachers. He has a particular interest in the work of graduate and pre-service teachers and has worked as a seminar leader and research fellow at the Centre for Youth Research. Glen’s ebook The Top Ten Strategic Questions for Teachers has just been translated into Khmer for Cambodian teachers.
His latest book The Literature Toolbox features over fifty strategies for exploring text.