Course Description

In this course, you will discover how John, an Aboriginal land manager, uses fire techniques to Care for Country. 

John works with scientists and farmers to reduce the impact of bushfires and protect communities. 

You will learn:

- How to use John’s story to teach land management in Year 8-10 Geography.

- How to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

- How to access a range of lessons that will engage your students.

- How to make learning relevant by connecting to land management in your local area.


Secondary Geography teachers

Teaching Standards

2.4.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians:  Provide opportunities for students to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages,

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Introduction

    • Get Started - Watch this video

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Course Handout - Cool Burning

    • Welcome to Country

  • 2

    Module 2: Using Fire

    • Welcome to Fish River Station

    • Hot Burns

    • Cool Burns

    • Environmental Benefits

    • People Benefits

    • Working with Scientists

    • Reducing Carbon Emissions

    • Planet, People, Profit

    • Task: How can cool burns benefit the Pillars of Sustainable Development?

  • 3

    Module 3: Your Teaching

    • Lesson Plans and Digital Library

    • Task: Cool Australia's Website and Resources

    • Making Local Connections

  • 4

    Module 4: Reflection

    • Reflection on your Learning

    • Task: Taxonomy of Reflection

    • Your Next Steps...

    • Teach Indigenous Land Management Using Fire - Course Handout

  • 5

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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