Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories in Post-Primary Geography

Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories in Post-Primary Geography

"The theory of plate tectonics is an ever-evolving phenomenon. The evidence base for the theory is constantly being expanded on by geologists. However, in my own classroom practice I have been grappling with the idea of teaching more complex plate tectonics concepts rather than sticking with simpler, yet outdated ideas such as convection currents in the mantle are the driving mechanisms for plate movement." - Lee O'Donnell

March 7th : This session will cover practical strategies to plan and teach more complex plate tectonic theories in an age-appropriate way without over-complicating the content in a Junior Cycle classroom. This session will look at how Lee plans to teach plate tectonics in 1st year and uses retrieval practice planning to provide students with more opportunities to expand their knowledge on the topic over the course of their Junior Cycle Journey. There will be a full set of resources (plans, PowerPoints, notes, annotated diagrams, and worksheets) provided for all attendees, ready to be used in their own classroom practice immediately. Additionally, Lee will examine where the evolving plate tectonics theories fit within the context of the SEC JC Geography sample papers with sample answers provided.

March 14th: This session will cover practical strategies to plan and teach more complex plate tectonic theories in an age-appropriate way without over-complicating the content in a Leaving Certificate classroom. This session will look at how Lee plans to teach plate tectonics in 5th year and uses retrieval practice planning to provide students with more opportunities to expand their knowledge on the topic over the course of their LC geography Journey. There will be a full set of resources (plans, PowerPoints, notes, annotated diagrams, and worksheets) provided for all attendees, ready to be used in their own classroom practice immediately. Additionally, Lee will examine where the evolving plate tectonics theories fit within the context of the Leaving Certificate exam with multiple sample answers provided.

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Course date 07-03-2023 7:00 pm
End Date 14-03-2023 8:00 pm
Fee Free
Speaker Lee O'Donnell @LeeOD095
Select Hours 2
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