The Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland annual conference for primary teachers of science (and all primary teachers are teachers of science!), Science is Primary, is on again on Saturday 15 March from 8 am – 3 pm. This year it will be held in Algester, a suburb south of Brisbane, at the beautiful Sheep Station Gully Environmental Learning Centre attached to St Stephen’s School, Algester. I’d love to see as many enthusiastic primary teachers and pre-service primary teachers there as possible. Registration is now open. Pre-service teachers receive a particularly good deal!
It’s a fantastic opportunity to get your PD hours up (6 hours are certified, including two keynotes, three workshops and an hour of networking).
Personally, I’m particularly excited that this year’s first keynote is astrophysicist Professor Ray Norris, an expert in Aboriginal astronomy. I’ve written about his book, Emu Dreaming, on this blog. It’s a great resource for primary and secondary teachers looking to teach students about Aboriginal measurement and knowledge of the movement of stars, planets and our moon.
A second keynote will be given by Graham Bonnett, who will talk about his journey from the primary classroom to becoming a scientist. Teachers with budding scientists in their classroom will enjoy his talk.
I’m presenting a workshop, too. I’ll be talking about scientific argumentation and how it might be scaffolded in the upper primary classroom. This links with my PhD project. There are 18 workshops to choose from at the conference.
Will I see you there?