On Thursday 11 March 2021, our member Dr Sofía Samper Carro presented her first Prehistory/Archaeology Workshop for over 30 ACT primary and secondary teachers.
Dr Carro’s workshop included many fun, hands-on learning activities, and the first two topics dealt with Chronology and Stratigraphy.
Working in small groups, participants embraced challenges such as working out the chronology of key steps in human story; interpreting an image showing stratification; and sequencing hominid skulls.
The feedback from participants was uniformly enthusiastic. Sofia’s model is ‘teach the teacher’, with an aim of building up teachers’ and students’ skills through rich teaching materials and replica artefacts directly relating to the ACT primary and secondary curricula.
The workshop was held in collaboration with the ACT History Teachers’ Association and Canberra Archaeology Society, and under the auspices of the ARC-funded Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.
The second workshop will be run on the 27 May 2021, focused on contextual data and archaeological artefacts.