Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Hughie the helicopter


About this Illustration of Practice

At Wilton Public School, a graduate teacher works with a class of students to test, observe and explain the properties of materials in a practical experiment in a science class. The teacher has constructed a paper helicopter that he and his students have attempted to launch. The segment of the lesson contained here, shows a teacher-led discussion about the properties of one material – paper – that has been used as a possible conductor of electricity. 

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.2
Content selection and organisation
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
  1. What teaching strategies do you use to consolidate students’ understanding of complex concepts?
  2. In what ways do you encourage students to use the language appropriate to different curriculum areas?
  3. What value do you place on reinforcing the skills of inquiry?
Learning area
Science
Year level
Year 3
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACSIS215
School
Wilton Public School
New South Wales
Year level
Year 3
Related subject
Science
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Remote
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The graduate teacher brings to the lesson very carefully prepared and selected resources. He uses teaching props and methods that are tangible, easily understood and managed. He paces the lesson appropriately for the age and developmental characteristics of his students. Through carefully scaffolded questioning, he reinforces basic literacy skills and connects these to the language of scientific inquiry.

Copyright holder
Organisation
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

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