SWITCH Mathematics - May 16th - 20th (1 week intensive)

  • Contact Dr Kai Fai Ho for more information (

There are excellent ongoing job prospects for secondary trained teachers in mathematics. 'SWITCH' is a tailored training program to support primary teachers to teach in secondary schools, and secondary teachers to teach additional specialist learning areas. Murdoch University's School of Education is offering a SWITCH course on Year 11 Mathematics Methods. The intensive one-week course has been developed to build subject content knowledge and practical skills. It is suitable for teachers who intend to take the first steps towards teaching senior secondary mathematics. Out of field teachers may also find the course useful.

Who is eligible for Switch?
You are eligible if you are a permanent primary or secondary teacher or a fixed term teacher who has worked for the Department for a minimum of 12 months in the past five years, OR you are a graduate teacher with a current application in the Graduate Teacher Pool and intend to work a minimum of 0.6 to 1.0 FTE. Click here for more information about SWITCH. The training is funded by the Department of Education , and teacher relief will be paid to your school so you can meet your training commitments.

Riverton Rossmoyne Schools Network Conference - June 3rd @ Murdoch University (South Street campus)

PART 1: Designing Learning Experiences that Work: Building memory, attention, concentration, transfer and organisational skills in students.
Keynote address will be delivered by clinical psychologist and learning specialist, Andrew Fuller. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of eighteen books.

PART 2: Unpacking Standards and Assessment of the West Australian Curriculum Outline in Mathematics.
Prior to the conference, a selected group of 10-12 network school teaching staff will be trained by a panel of WA mathematics curriculum specialists. This trained group of staff will then facilitate workshops at the conference on the WA mathematics curriculum.

WA Mathematics Curriculum trainers/consultants include:

  • Pam Sherrard (Department of Education)

    Pam was a site project officer for the AAMT (Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers) Strategic Results Project. The goal of this project was to improve the numeracy levels of Years 3 and 4 Aboriginal students in a large district high school in a remote location.
  • Lorraine Jacob (Murdoch University)

    Lorraine is currently Academic Chair (Primary) and Senior Lecturer in mathematics education at Murdoch University. Prior to her appointment at Murdoch, Lorraine was employed by the Western Australian Department of Education as a numeracy consultant for the Getting it Right Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. Before this, Lorraine was a member of the First Steps in Mathematics research team based at Murdoch University which developed the First Steps in Mathematics Diagnostic Maps, First Steps in Mathematics Resources for Teachers, and the accompanying First Steps in Mathematics Professional Learning Program for the Department of Education.

For more information about the conference, please contact Riverton Rossmoyne network Executive Officer, Syd Parke.

Teaching Physics - Skills Development Day - (now closed)

COST FREE for teachers !!
Location: South Street Campus
Duration: 1 day intensive, 27th January 2016
Contact Emma Tristham for bookings (
Contact Dr Christine Creagh for more information (

  • Do you wish to brush up on your physics teaching?
  • Could you use some new teaching resources?
  • Would you like some insight into teaching mechanics and relativity?
  • Are you curious about how educational theory has developed since you left university / teachers college?
  • Do you think there is a need for a network that links high school and university physics teachers so they can discuss their work, their understanding of concepts, the resources and the teaching methods that they use?

At the end of the day you will receive a certificate confirming your participation in this day of professional development in physics education.

The day will feature:

  • On-line resources for teaching mechanics, created and presented by Dr. Christine Creagh (Australian OLT National Teaching Fellow and senior lecturer in physics and nanotechnology at Murdoch University);
  • Hands-on relativity teaching resources created by Prof. David Blair, Dr Warren Stannard and their team, and presented by Prof. Mario Zadnik;
  • A review of the directions that education theory has taken since the advent of the on-line environment, presented by Associate Prof. Rob Phillips;
  • Access to a new on-line discussion forum for people interested in teaching physics which is linked to all of the resources discussed during the day and more.

Mentoring (short course and/or EDN671 for advanced standing towards the Masters of Education) (now closed)

FEE WAIVER for teachers !!
South Street Campus
: 1 week intensive, 11th-15th January 2016
Associate Professor Judy MacCallum for more information (

See below for more details on course content, and for enrolment options.

Mentoring (EDN671) - Enrolment Options

1. Professional Development (Audit only)

Enrol in the unit on an ‘audit’ basis which means you don’t do the assessment and cannot claim credit for this unit should you study at Murdoch in the future.

This option is offered at NO COST and includes a study guide and course reader.

2. Professional Development Course with Advanced Standing (EDN671)

Enrol on a “Not for Degree” basis and complete all assessments of the unit.

This means that if you choose to study at Murdoch University at a later time (for the Masters of Education), the unit can be accredited to your academic record and you will receive advanced standing, as this unit forms part of the Master of Education (Coursework) structure, details of which can be found here

3. Enrol as a student currently in a postgraduate course

Students currently enrolled at Murdoch University in the

  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (GradDipEd); or
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Adult) (GradDipEd); or
  • Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)

The usual Fee Pay arrangements apply.

4. Enrol as a Cross Institutional student

Students should arrange this through their home institution to ensure they receive credit for this unit on their transcript.