Professional development and teacher events 

Professional Development for educators at Te Papa
Professional Development for educators at Te Papa

Te Papa’s exhibitions, collections, and events offer a diverse range of learning experiences and opportunities for teachers.

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Visual arts and visual language

Professional development workshops

Sat 18 Apr, 9am–12pm
Thu 25 Jun, 4pm–6pm

Join us for a two-part professional learning and development course to find out more about interpreting art. Gain ideas for a primary-level, visual arts and visual literacy project for your class and cross-curricular inquiry unit.

Project example: kids’ audio guide

Students’ explorations into art can have amazing results. This year, Te Papa partnered with students and teachers from Crofton Downs Primary to create a kids’ audio guide, made by kids for kids. The students were prompted to look carefully at art works, using all their senses. Their imaginative stories formed the kids’ audio guide, now available free in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
Listen to the kids’ audio guide

Workshop 1

Sat 18 Apr, 9am–12pm
Learn from curators and educators about the stories shown in art works in Te Papa’s collection.
Take part in creative thinking, storytelling, drawing, and art interpretation challenges.
Hear from teachers at Crofton Downs Primary about their Art and English inquiry unit, their pop-up art exhibition, and their involvement in creating the kids’ audio guide.
Includes morning tea and a teachers kit of classroom activities.

Workshop 2

Thu 25 Jun, 4pm–6pm
Join us for a facilitated discussion and reconnect with the teachers from Workshop 1 to share your experiences of incorporating new visual literacy and visual arts learning activities in your classroom. Tea and coffee provided.

Learning areas or strands: The Arts – Visual Arts
Suitable for: Primary teachers
$40 (covers both workshops)

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Gallipoli teacher preview with Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop

Join Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor and Te Papa’s educators and history curators for an exclusive teachers’ preview of Gallipoli: The scale of our war.

Gain insider knowledge into the key exhibition themes, stories and objects. Find out about the education programmes and resources available to support teaching and learning about WWI

When: Thu 30 April 2015, 4pm–6pm 
Where: Te Marae, Level 4
Learning area:
Social Sciences and NZ History
Suitable for:
Primary and Secondary teachers


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World War 1: The two fronts

Professional development workshop

Major J.M. Rose, 1st NZEF

The Museum of Wellington City and Sea, First World War Centenary Programme Office and Te Papa have joined forces to offer you a professional development session covering:

  • the significant role New Zealand played in WWI
  • soldiers experiences of Gallipoli and the Western Front
  • what life was like back home during war time

Sat 16 May 2015, 9am - 1pm
Learning Area: Social Sciences
Suitable for: Teachers of Years 5 - 8  
Venues: The workshop is located at both Te Papa and at The Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Cost: $15 per teacher 

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Free teacher orientation tours

Do you need help to plan your next visit to Te Papa?

Book your staff in for an orientation tour with one of the Te Papa Educators. This service is offered free and is designed to help you make the most of your time in the Museum.
Let us know the learning intentions for your visit, and we will suggest the best education programmes and exhibitions to support your students’ learning.There is no maximum or minimum number of teachers required.

The tour takes approximately 1 hour. These tours are available all year, every year. Book now by contacting the Education Coordinator, Andrew Watt
Ph (04) 381 7443

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