Queensland History Teachers* Association State Conference

Queensland History Teachers’ Association
History Day
Teachers of primary and lower secondary
Monday 10th December 2012
From Vision to Reality
State Library of Queensland
Registration Costs, Online Registration
Procedures and Program below
Registration Costs
Members >200k
Primary Teachers
(including GST)
no charge
A 10% discount is available if three (3) or more teachers from the one
organisation register at the same time.
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note there is a charge for this option, as it requires more administrative time
for processing and communicating.
No refunds will be provided for cancellations after 30 November. All
cancellations attract an administration charge.
Certificates of Attendance will be provided at the end of the Conference. No
certificates will be sent via post.
For details of the workshop sessions see below.
QHTA Primary and Junior Secondary History Day 2012
Coffee and Registration
Welcome and General Matters
Presentation to National History Challenge Winners
8:30 – 8:45
8:45 – 9:15
9:15 –10:45
10:45 – 11:15
11:15 –12:30
Dr Brian Hoepper
Exploring ethical behaviour
through the Australian
Curriculum: History
Paul Kiem
Have we lost the plot?
Narrative, inquiry and learning
centred teaching in history
Jannine McGarry
Collaborating with the school
library to scaffold better
information literacy and library
Global Learning Centre
Intercultural Understanding in
the Australian History Curriculum
The Gap State High School Team
Stirring the Sources: The Gap
SHS's Journey from 'Vision to
Reality', 2013 and Beyond, with
the Australian Curriculum History
(Years 7-10)
Ian Gray
Making Mighty Multi-Modals
What’s Hot and What’s Not
Terry Gallagher
Aligning the curriculum and
assessment for implementing the
Australian Curriculum: History
Nathan Connors
Exploring the Offerings of the
State Library for the Australian
Kay Bishop
Why Bother? Twisted pathways
unscrambled in the Australian
More appropriate for secondary but
quite a few examples taken from year
(Specifically for secondary)
Morning Tea
12:30 -1:00
1.45 – 3:15
Michelle Brown
Rights and Freedoms
Wine and Cheese
Stacey Hattenson
How do we teach history in a way
that is fresh, engaging and
historically appropriate?
Gary Butner
Artefacts: Real Pieces of History
QHTA Junior History Day 2012
Workshop Session 1
1A Dr Brian Hoepper
Exploring ethical behaviour through the Australian Curriculum: History
‘Ethical behaviour’ is one of the ‘General capabilities’ that span all subjects in the Australian
Curriculum. It aims for students to ‘become citizens who behave with ethical integrity ... work for the
common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels ...’. This workshop
explores ways in which history can play a distinctive and valuable role in this. The workshop is
particularly relevant for teachers of Years 4-10.
Brian taught history in secondary schools and history curriculum at university. Leaving QUT in 2002, he subsequently worked for
the National Centre for History Education. More recently he has been involved in an advisory role in the development of the
national history curriculum. Brian has experience as a state and national curriculum/syllabus writer, textbook author and
presenter of professional development programs.
1B Paul Kiem Immediate Past President HTAA
Have we lost the plot?
Narrative, inquiry and learning centred teaching in history
Is student centred, source based, inquiry learning all good and more traditional teacher centred
pedagogy all bad? This seminar will briefly examine a false and unhelpful dichotomy that, too often, is
evident in curriculum discussion. It will aim to highlight the need for a balanced approach to
pedagogy if we are to engage students and successfully implement the Australian Curriculum: History.
The preliminary discussion will be given a practical focus with the presentation of three Depth Studies
that deal with Year 7-10 topics in the Australian Curriculum: History.
Paul is immediate Past President of the History Teachers’ Association of Australia. He has taught history at the secondary and
tertiary level, published a number of school history texts, been Chief Examiner of HSC Modern History in NSW and has edited the
HTA NSW journal Teaching History since 1995. He has had significant involvement in the national curriculum process. Most
recently, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Historical Consciousness.
1C The Gap SHS Team Jo-Anne Cameron, Nick Howard, Barbara
Nelson, Ross Murphy and Sarah Penrose
Stirring the Sources: The Gap SHS's Journey from 'Vision to Reality', 2013 and Beyond, with
the Australian Curriculum History (Years 7-10)
In this interactive workshop, The Gap SHS's 2013 Australian History Curriculum Committee (The
Gang of Four + 1) will share its preliminary planning process, equipping participants with a framework
to ponder as they begin/continue their own Australian Curriculum planning in their own school
contexts. The Gap SHS has opted to put the new curriculum in place across all year levels (7-10) in
2013 and to this end we have trialled elements of the Year 9 and 10 programmes during 2012. Wideranging topics for discussion will include: our design and account of a coherent 'journey' within and
across the year levels; issues connected with the choice of depth studies; the value of the QSA
planning documents; the role of the C2Cs; the place of textbooks; our discovery of a range of other
resources we plan to use; our intentions to enhance cross-curricular opportunities (especially with
English and ICTs) and other whole-school priorities; what is happening in YOUR school.
1D Michelle Brown Albany Creek State High School
Rights and Freedoms
This unit will focus on writing under QSA guidelines. The workshop will include material from a three
day workshop on writing assessment in QSA. A Sample Multimodal, an exemplar, Teaching
Guidelines and LASD will be provided and discussed. Participants will be able to discuss writing
assessment for the National Curriculum.
Michelle has been teaching modern history and junior history for many years and has been a regular presenter at QHTA
conferences. Her sessions are always drawcards as she incorporates innovative pedagogical practices with history rigour. She has
been a member of the QHTA Executive for many years and has been a strong supporter of the National History Challenge in which
her students have had consistent success. She is also a rabid Dr Who fan who reads Vampire stories and is interested in the
concept of Lincoln as a vampire slayer.
Workshop Session 2
2A Jannine McGarry Somerville House
Collaborating with the school library to scaffold better information literacy and library skills.
At Somerville House, librarians and history teachers in the Middle and Senior school join forces to
develop student research and referencing skills through a joint collaboration in Year 8. These skills
are reviewed, added to and practised with increasing complexity throughout each progressive year
level. The ultimate aim is to provide students with a thorough understanding of evaluation skills, the
referencing requirements essential to avoid plagiarism and the ability to successfully access academic
sources including print, databases and the deep web to give them the added confidence to orientate
themselves in any new learning environment. Examples of the processes employed will be reviewed
through this session.
Jannine completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Library and Information) and followed that with a Graduate Diploma in
Education. She has worked with a number of inspiring librarians and teacher librarians in both public and private schools prior to
joining the Somerville library team in 2005. Her passion is to help students develop instinctive information literacy skills to deal
with our increasingly information rich world.
2B Karena Menzie Global Learning Centre
Intercultural Understanding in the Australian History Curriculum
The Australian History curriculum offers multiple opportunities, at all year levels, to explore the
General Capability of Intercultural Understanding: from the investigation of their own cultural
heritage in the early years; to the exploration in upper primary of the rich diversity brought through
immigration; and the opportunity in lower secondary to examine the very foundations of
culture. Effectively taught this enhances students' positive sense of self and the ability to be more
open and accepting of the values, beliefs and customs of others, both in the present and the
past. This session will explore ways in which educators can use the General Capability of
Intercultural Understanding to enhance the History curriculum and use the History curriculum as a
vehicle for students to reflect on their intercultural understanding. Free Global Education resources
will be provided to all attendees at the session to assist them in this process.
Karena, we are not having a primary stream in December. We are providing a few generic workshops which primary school
teachers can attend if they want. We could not get enough rooms at the State Library to allow us an extra stream for primary
school teachers. Are you able to make it relevant to lower secondary as well as primary and have some kind of generic session on
the topic which could go across levels?
2C Ian Gray Somerville House
Making Mighty Multi-Modals
Ian will explain how Middle School students can create high quality, Historical, time-saving, multi-modal
presentations that relate to the Australian Curriculum, develop digital literacy, and can be re-used as learning
objects in subsequent years. Most of the examples will not require high levels of technology or technological skill.
Ian is Director of eLearning at Somerville House. He regularly presents at conferences and has been a teacher for many years. He
was a member of the QSA’s History Syllabus Sub-committee for many years and was one of the writers of the SOSE program. He
is particularly passionate about engaging students with technology and making the most of students’ innate curiosity about
2D Stacey Hattensen
How do we teach history in a way that is fresh, engaging and historically appropriate?
How do you teach students to think and work like historians without sacrificing engagement
and most of all your sanity?
Teaching history is more than just telling a story and it is more than completing the chapter in the
history text book. Underpinning good teaching practice is the ability to develop through the historical
context a way to build student knowledge AND skills. This workshop will unpack some of the tools
and strategies explored in a new publication, Connecting with History (Curriculum Press, 2012). It will
focus on the HOW, the WHY and the WHAT IF of history, using the Australian Curriculum as the
organiser and student-centred inquiry learning as the catalyst. The workshop will illustrate ways to
build on the best of your teaching practice and focus on familiar and practical, classroom-friendly
strategies and tools that teachers can use in focused historical inquiry to builds skills and challenges
Stacey is a primary educator and writer. She is a strong inquiry learning advocate who has worked on Queensland and national
education projects including Discovering Democracy Civics and Citizenship Education project, the National History Project and the
Values for Australian Schooling project. She has authored a number of books including: Discovering Democracy primary units and
Australian Readers series, The Big Australia Day Book, Making History: Primary and most recently Connecting with History:
Strategies for an inquiry classroom (Curriculum Press). Stacey is currently the Program Director, Content for Education Services
Australia, responsible for procuring digital classroom resources to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for all
Australian schools.
What’s Hot and What’s Not
A look at ideas that work, resources to embrace, even ones to be wary of, and an opportunity to
engage in discussion with fellow professionals
Workshop Session 3
3A Terry Gallagher Queensland Studies Association
Aligning the curriculum and assessment for implementing the Australian Curriculum: History
This session will investigate the issues related to implementing the Australian Curriculum
Achievement Standards for F-10 History and discuss some possible strategies and resources for:
Planning an assessment program
Developing assessment instruments including guides to making judgement
Making on-balance judgements about student achievement across folio of work.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore the Australian Curriculum, and the QSA assessment
and planning resources during this session.
Terry is Manager (Policy and Implementation) in the Australian Curriculum Branch at the QSA. His role involves a range of policy
and resource development activities to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum. He has led and worked on many
curriculum development projects, including the Year 10 Guidelines, SOSE Essential Learnings and Key Learning Area syllabus. He
was recently a member of the ACARA History learning area advisory panel.
3B Nathan Connors State Library of Queensland
Exploring the Offerings of the State Library for the Australian Curriculum
In this practical session, explore a wealth of onsite and online resources to complement every year of the history
curriculum. Tour the collections and exhibition spaces and discover how you and your students can access and
use State Library’s digitised content from your classroom. We will highlight primary source material that is freely
available to all learners via multiple platforms. Inform your 2013 planning with details of upcoming exhibitions,
events, learning programs and professional development opportunities.
Nathan is the State Library of Queensland’s Learning Project Officer. He co-ordinates onsite and online professional development
opportunities for educators and delivers study skills training to students. Nathan also teaches digital skills workshops at The Edge
and develops a range of learning resources to support State Library exhibitions and events.
3C Kay Bishop QHTA
Why Bother? Twisted pathways unscrambled in the Australian Curriculum
Kay will explore some of the 7-10 units in the Australian Curriculum to illustrate various approaches
to units of work and to assessment. She will highlight some of the shortcomings of the curriculum
document and suggest ways to approach these problems. She will explore the nature of transition
from one Year level to another in the Assessment Standards statements, and will demonstrate some
assessment examples. Kay will examine criteria and standards matrices and look at the inclusion of
the key historical understandings, such as contestability, cause and effect, continuity and change and
Kay is the President of QHTA. She was Head of Faculty at John Paul College and Chair of the QSA History Syllabus SubCommittee. She was also a member of the State Panel for Ancient History since its inception until 2006, when she “retired”. Since
“retirement” she has taught at Somerville House and worked as Project Officer for several educational programs for ESA and is
currently working on a project with the Asia Education Foundation.
3D Gary Butner Education Consultant
Artefacts: Real Pieces of History
This workshop, intended for teachers of Upper Primary and Middle School History, provides a
pedagogical framework for the use of artefacts in history teaching. Grounded in the Australian
Curriculum: History, and alluding to various theorists, propositions concerning the use of artefacts in
thinking history classrooms will be offered and discussed. A dalliance with postmodernism and
museums will also be included. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring examples of how they
have used artefacts in the history curriculum.
Gary is an educator with wide ranging experience. He has been a classroom teacher for many years, a Director of Studies at
various schools and a regular presenter at conferences. He currently offers educational consultancy services to schools, is
involved in writing textbooks, and also works in tertiary institutions.
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