Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Managing students' learning


About this Illustration of Practice

Here the teacher demonstrates her vision for collaborative learning in her year 4/5 class. The students have been provided with a practical scenario to test their understanding of how to measure volume as part of their Mathematics learning. The teacher creates a group based learning activity that intentionally mixes up normal groups and challenges individuals to contribute and support each other. When some groups require assistance she provides support and guidance to assist their decision making.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
  1. How have you planned or modified your teaching program to engage all of your students?
  2. What classroom management strategies are important in order to have effective collaborative learning?
Learning area
Mathematics
Year level
Year 4
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACMMG290
ACMMG108
School
Ross Park Primary School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 4
Year 5
Related subject
Mathematics
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Remote
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Ross Park is the oldest government primary school in Alice Springs. It has almost 400 students of which 25 per cent are Indigenous. The teacher has been at the school for two years. She currently teaches a composite year 4/5 class. Over time, she has been aiming to create a collaborative classroom environment where students can manage their own learning. She aims to provide the conversations that need to happen but for her students to make the decisions themselves.

Content provider
Organisation
Education Services Australia

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