Teacher Workshops

Cat Tracker teacher workshops

Cat TrackerCat Tracker is an exciting Citizen Science project that teachers can utilise in the classroom. An extensive set of resources has been developed for teachers (click here to see them), to help you to plan and implement community-connected science, with an emphasis on thinking and working scientifically. The resources are linked to the Australian Curriculum and provide cross-curriculum links to learning areas including science, mathematics, geography, history and the arts. The online resources include year-level specific sections for years K-9. We are running workshops in June 2015, for teachers to learn about the project and some innovative ways to utilise the project resources in the classroom (planning for Term 3 or Term 4). As part of this you, or your students, can be involved in tracking the movement of a pet cat (see cat tracks here). We believe that the project will work particularly well in classrooms if students have a personal connection to the project (i.e. you, or one or more of your students, is tracking a cat). But please note that you don’t have to track a cat to use the Cat Tracker teacher resources in your classroom. We will host two workshops for teachers:

Mawson Lakes workshop – Event Complete
  1. Monday 15th June, 2015
  2. 5pm until 6.30pm
  3. University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes campus
  4. Presenters: David Lloyd, Kathy Paige and Philip Roetman
  5. Cat Tracker

Bedford Park workshop – Event Complete
  1. Thursday 25th June, 2015
  2. 5pm until 6.30pm
  3. Australian Science and Mathematics School (on the Flinders University campus)
  4. Presenters: Yvonne Zeegers and Philip Roetman
 Workshops include:
  1. A lesson plan modelled on an inquiry approach to science teaching
  2. User-friendly resources to teach information about cats and cat behaviour
  3. How to calculate the home-range of a cat
  4. Successful strategies to effectively use student questions
  5. How to guide and scaffold student discoveries
  6. A participation certificate