Investigate How Animals Are Impacted by Their Environment

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This course was created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off non-essential lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

 

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Almost 70% of 7-12 year olds have heard about climate change. For this age group, environmental concerns rank above terrorism. This course will help inspire your students to feel optimistic about their future by investigating how animals adapt to climate change. You’ll discover how to teach curriculum-aligned lessons using WWF-Australia’s Earth Hour. You’ll build your confidence to teach about climate change in geography and science by learning:

  • How others teach about climate change in their curriculum.
  • How to explore climate change by focusing on animals.
  • The basics of climate science such as weather, global warming and climate change.
  • How to teach about climate change and care for students’ mental health.
  • Where to find teaching resources and lesson plans.

Download the course brochure here.

HOW LONG DOES IT GO FOR?

This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.

WHAT ARE THE CURRICULUM LINKS?

  • Year 3 to Year 6: Geography, Science
  • Year 9 and Year 10: Geography, Science
  • General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy
  • Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability

IS IT ACCREDITED FOR PD HOURS?

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:
Graduate Teacher – All States and Territories
2.1.1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching areas.
3.3.1 – Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4.1 – Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engages students in their learning.

Proficient Teacher – All States and Territories
2.1.2 – Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 – Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 – Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – All States and Territories Except for NSW
2.1.3 – Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
3.3.3 – Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.3 – Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

 

TQI ACT LogoCool Australia is endorsed to provide TQI Registered Professional Development for ACT teachers accredited at Proficient or Highly Accomplished Teacher.

 

In NSW, Cool Australia is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.

 

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

Kirsty Costa from Cool Australia
Kirsty is an award-winning educator and mentor who has helped thousands of teachers grow in their profession. Kirsty started out as a classroom teacher in Australia and Japan. She then became an educational consultant. Kirsty now lives in her element by designing Cool Australia’s online courses and delivering keynote addresses.
Interviews with Loretta Leary
Loretta is an experience classroom teacher at Mount Waverley Primary School. For over 17 years, she has been developing her school’s sustainability program and curriculum scope and sequence. Loretta won the Sir John Monash Award for Sustainability Leadership in 2016 and the ResourceSmart Schools Sustainability Teacher of the Year in 2017.
Interviews with Andrew Vance
Andrew is an award-winning science teacher at Melbourne Girls’ College. Self-confessed ‘fish geek’, and solar and pedal power enthusiast, Andrew is passionate about igniting a love of learning in his students. Andrew is also a part-time stay at home dad who is very proud to have put three kids through cloth nappies.

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