Teacher Workshop

Properties and Behaviour of Matter

Relax and enjoy the company of colleagues as you explore, in a hands-on manner, a number of science activities relevant to the Queensland Science Syllabus for Years 1 to 10 and other syllabi.
This workshop aims to:
Topics include changing properties of materials, the particle model, change of state, adhesion and cohesion, diffusion, physical and chemical change, atoms and molecules, the periodic table, combustion, chemical equations, factors affecting the rate of chemical reactions, and polymerisation.
This workshop has been designed primarily for primary educators, although it contains much which may also interest junior secondary teachers. While some of the ideas addressed are beyond the typical requirements of primary education, they have been chosen on the premiss that the quality of student outcomes at a particular level can be enhanced if the learning facilitators at that level have "a feel for the bigger picture." Familiarity and confidence with scientific ideas allows teachers to ask the right (and more stimulating) questions, recognise when a student's views are "on the right track," and facilitate more accurate explanations and more interest and enthusiasm for science.
Typically, this is a 2.5-hour workshop which can be conducted on a half-day, after school, evening, or weekend basis. Cost is $60 (plus $6.00 GST)/person. Minimum and maximum numbers apply.
Presenter:  Dr Peter H. Eastwell  PhD (Education), BSc (Honours, Phys. Chem.),DipEd, MRACI, MACE, C. Chem
Feedback From Participants
  • "Thank you for all the wonderful experiments. They were a great way to get people to read the outcome statements. Your explanations were very easy to understand . . . . The best workshop I've attended . . . . Congratulations and thank you." Staff, Wilsonton State School
  • "Excellent workshop, actively demonstrating the principles and practices presented, with many valuable insights and activities. [Activities] will surprise students and challenge their preconceptions . . . Some excellent resource sources . . . one of the best workshop presenters I have experienced."  Tyson Stelzer, Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore
  • "Clear, student-focussed presentations. Well- paced info. Content was appropriate and varied. Excellent follow-on activities with references and Web sites. Good mix of light-hearted aspects with the heavier stuff." Dian van Dijk & Noela Roberts, McDowall State School
  • "Practical ideas - great range. Great balance of theory and practical experience in a non-threatening environment. Increased confidence to be more adventurous in the classroom." Debbie Martin, Gracemere State School
  • "Hands-on simple activities were motivating and easy to apply to classroom. Encouraged questions and made good use of diagrams to explain thoroughly. Followed interests of participants - which met our needs well. Peter, this was a great day. I feel much more able to tackle our upcoming Energy Unit and enthused about science generally. Thank you."  Helen Schaffer, Taabinga State School

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