Idea of school presentation

Not so much a lesson plan but more a school presentation. It would be great for students to have an insight into this kind of experience and the impact that it has had on me.

Some ideas for a presentation:

1. An explanation of the trip.

2. Visual representations of all the activities I did - collecting samples, snorkelling, putting down videos, etc.

3. Visual representations of the data that it produces - maps and graphs, images, photos, etc.

4. An explanation of the kinds of people involved in the project - the careers, skills, etc.

5. Talk about the experience in terms of developing an understanding of myself, my interests and my limitations.

6. Present students with the opportunities to take up an Earthwatch or like experience (the skills that you would develop).

7. Talk about water usage, sustainability and responsibility

Learning Intentions:

a. Students gain an insight into a world that they may never have considered

b. Students gain an understanding of the interconnection between human activity, water and our and other species environments.

c. Students gain an insight into future career opportunities.

Thinking Ethical and Making Ethical Decisions

Ethical and Making Ethical Decisions

Planning Ethical Problems

The new Victorian Curriculum will require teachers from 2017 to teach and assess the Capabilities (

Throughout the expedition I am going to demonstrate how to locate ethical problems within an area of the curriculum and make connections to the ethical capabiities (ethical understanding, concepts and ethical decision making), and critical and creative thinking.

VCAA Document 
 VCAA's tool for thinking about Ethical Capabilities
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Ethical Concepts and Nature

  Topic: Ethical Concepts and Nature - What is nature? What is natural? Does our definition of nature and natural change how we relate to nature? Should our understanding of nature and natural change how we think about and relate to nature? 

Description of Activities:  Community of Inquiry

Stimulus - Concept Game - Natural, Not Natural

1. Each student must write their own definition of Natural and answer the question "What is our relationship to nature?"

2. Students explore the concept of natural through a concept game. Each student is given a concept game card (each card will have a different idea, item, or short phrase that refers to something from the world - with specific reference to items found in and around Moreton Bay, Stradbroke Island and the Brisbane area). 

3. Each student must place their card in a column (or a Venn Diagram can be used) - Natural or Not Natural. They must also provide a reason for their selection.

4. Once all cards are placed and all reasons recorded students are invited to question the placement and reasons of each of the cards. They may agree with the placement as well but must provide an additional reason for why they agree.  Once a re-sorting of the cards has occurred students are invited to look at the reasoning and construct a new definition of nature.

This new definition should then be used in the question "What is our relationship to nature?" and does this definition change how we currently think about nature and our relationship to it?

5. Further explore ethical decision making by asking students to reflect on their relationship with nature. Are they concerned with their actions, the consequences of their actions or do they hold some other kind of 'principle'?

6. Students can then reflect on their original definition, look for changes or additions that occurred and share those with the other students.


Resources:  Concept Game - Natural, Not Natural

(This concept game will be constructed while on the expedition as specific items will be located during the time their, however, some obvious preliminary items could be - dugongs, turles, seditment, a water way, plastic bag, phosphorous.