Exploring Treasure Ships curricular learning opportunities
“That was THE best PD day I’ve ever attended…I’ll definitely spread the word”
Michele Powell, teacher
“Thanks Lisa! It was a wonderful afternoon – well organised with a very enjoyable art activity to boot! Richard is very talented.”
Helen Mills, teacher
This was some of the excellent feedback that our education team members, Lisa and Greg, received from teachers who attended AGWA’s recent Treasure Ships Cross-curricular Professional Learning (PL) afternoon.
A collaboration between AGWA, the Association of Independent Schools WA and the Department of Education, the afternoon gave teachers a comprehensive insight into how the content and themes of the Treasure Ships exhibition links across the History, Geography, English and Visual Arts curriculum for Years 3 to 10, and the cross-curriculum priorities of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and histories.
The teachers also had the opportunity to compete a practical (and of course fun) art activity, transferrable to the classroom.
The art activity was run by AGWA’s Richard Green who is highly skilled in the specialised area of book-making.
Richard showed the teachers many different book-making techniques and processes as each put together a small book in keeping with the Treasure Ships theme. They learnt to bind a number of pages with a simple technique using recycled materials, to use collage and stamps in creative ways and to ‘age’ pages using different techniques of ink application.
The teachers who attended taught a range of ages and subjects, at a variety of different schools, from all three education sectors. There were history teachers, art teachers, a Deputy Principal, an English teacher, relief teachers and even some staff from the WA Museum. All agreed that the educational value of the exhibition is immense and went away keen to spread the word in their schools and within their networks.
If you’d like to know more about school excursions and view the comprehensive education resources, head over to the Treasure Ships education page.
Many thanks to Maree Whiteley, Consultant, Humanities and Social Sciences, Independent Schools WA and Pamela Stewart, Consultant, Teaching and Learning, Department of Education.
Maree was also very active on Twitter across the day and you can view her Storify account here.