Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Fieldwork techniques


About this Illustration of Practice

Here a specialist fieldwork teacher in an environmental education centre demonstrates to his peers how the cross curriculum Sustainability priority can be applied to the Mathematics Year 8 curriculum. The activity takes place in a national park in Sydney and involves a visiting school whose teachers required support for teaching mathematics in the field. Using an outdoor setting the fieldwork teacher employs engaging teaching practices to show the relevance of mathematics to making decisions for the natural environment, first by using conventional measuring activities and then using selected apps from an ipad to check their accuracy. In spite of the bad weather conditions teachers and students also learned to appreciate the value of ICT to fieldwork activities.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Model high-level teaching knowledge and skills and work with colleagues to use current ICT to improve their teaching practice and make content relevant and meaningful.
  1. How do you incorporate cross-curriculum priorities into your teaching and learning programs?
  2. Why can ICT be an effective tool to engage students in real-world problem solving?
  3. What engaging teaching strategies could you develop to foster stronger student commitment to sustainability?
Learning area
Mathematics
Learning area
Science
Year level
Year 8
School
Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre
New South Wales
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Mathematics
Science
Stage of schooling
K-12
School type
Government
School location
Metropolitan
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The Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre is one of twenty two Environmental Education Centres operated by the NSW Department of Education and Communities to help students and teachers with fieldwork, environmental education and education for sustainability. In this fieldwork activity, the teacher emphasises the importance of mathematics in real-world decision making by asking students take on the role of a national park ranger to consider the growth rates of trees in the park and the need to renew the boardwalks in wetland areas. Students use both traditional methods of measurement and ICT to calculate the cost of replacing timber.

Content provider
Organisation
Australian Association for Environmental Education Inc. (AAEE)

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