NOTE for NSW teachers: TESEP partners with the Metropolitan South-West Science Teachers’ Association (LAZSTA) to provide accreditation in NSW. LAZSTA advises that the Association's courses can be delivered and count towards teacher maintenance of accreditation hours as Elective PD. Under the NESA transition arrangements for teacher maintenance of accreditation, elective PD and Accredited PD counts equally for teachers completing their maintenance in 2021 and 2022. The 50 hours of NESA Registered/Accredited requirement has been lifted. These teachers who represent the largest cohort of teachers need only 100 hours of PD. These transition arrangements mean that no teacher or provider is disadvantaged while the new processes are being developed and providers adjust courses and apply for accreditation under the new requirements.
Minerals for the classroom
What makes a good mineral for use in classroom teaching? What doesn't?
What minerals shouldn't be in the classroom at all?
This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.
Do you have a mystery mineral or two in your prep room?
Take some good quality photographs and send them through ahead of time* and we'll try and do some virtual ID for you too!
* Send photographs of mystery minerals here. Good resolution and depth of field is essential. Make sure photographs include some form of scale.
NOTE: Identifying minerals can be hard at the best of times and doing it from photographs is far from ideal and we make no promises we can indentify anything or get it right even if we give it a try! However, one thing is for sure: if we cannot easily identify a specimen chances are it should not be in a school teaching set!