Tocal College delivers courses designed specifically for teachers and is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher, for the following courses:
This course is available completely online and takes approximately 5 hours to view the presentations and complete readings. Your planning process make take longer.
The course consists of five modules designed to inspire you to plan a school garden program, make connections with the people and primary industries in your school community and to incorporate it into your classroom practice. Each module includes a presentation (narrated PowerPoint), readings and a short planning activity. As part of this course you may decide to write a unit of work to be delivered in the garden or to identify ways that you will deliver specific syllabus outcomes in an engaging, hands on way with your students in the garden. Successful completion of the course (and logging of professional development hours with NESA) requires you to submit of a garden plan and an outline of how you will incorporate it into your teaching practice.
You do not need to have a lot of space for a school garden to complete this course, you may decide to grow food in pots or you may have access to a community garden that you can use as an example. This aim of the course is to encourage teachers to plan outdoor learning opportunities for individual contexts. Examples and case studies are included and you may decide to share your ideas as well.
This course will assist teachers of Agriculture and Primary Industries subjects in NSW to deliver up to date information related to weather and climate change. It specifically addresses the Stage 6 Agriculture elective The Climate Challenge but also provides general information in relation to the main drivers of weather patterns in Australia, impacts of climate change to our agricultural systems and risk management techniques.
Completing this course contributes 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.