Discovering Earth Sciences Teachers’ Workshop

This weekend, June 6, 7 and 8 we will welcome teachers from far and near to our 8th annual Discovering Earth Sciences Teachers’ Workshop! Each year we invite educators of all grades and subjects to join us for ideas and inspiration for teaching Earth Science concepts. The workshop provides educators with instruction about Earth processes and materials, discussions of current Earth issues, and provides hands-on methods and ideas for using the outdoor environment in teaching.

Participants receive an Earth Sciences Teaching Resources Kit, containing rock, mineral and fossil specimens, and other exploration tools as well as our Earth Sciences Teaching Resource USB  containing classroom ready activities and handout templates, images and diagrams, PowerPoint presentations, an annotated website list, and field guides for geologically interesting sites in the Ottawa area.  They also take away various posters, teaching guides, and other resources from Government and Industry agencies to use in their classrooms with their students.

The weekend includes a Friday evening networking dinner with Lesley Hymers of the Ontario Mining Association giving our keynote presentation.  Saturday’s program will  be a mini-conference, with various sessions related to Earth Processes that allow teachers to explore activities, and Sunday  we are delighted to partner with the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association, visiting Miller Pit and Braeside Quarry north of Aylmer, and Karson Aggregates quarry and sand rehabilitation site in Carp.

Teachers tell us the best part of the weekend is the networking with other teachers and educators, sharing great ideas and challenges and taking time for professional development.