Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Engaging students in science


About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher articulates his methods for engaging a diverse class of students in a unit on the solar system. He helps the students generate ideas and form their views by taking them through interactive lessons that physically engage them in their learning. When this has been achieved, he focuses on helping the students articulate their ideas though literacy-based exercises. The teacher emphasizes the importance of knowing individual students’ strengths and areas for development, in order to best cater to their needs.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.5
Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.6
Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements.
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
  1. What strategies can you use to teach literacy in a science context?
  2. What activities can you use outside the classroom to engage students in a science lesson?
  3. How can you support students with disability to convey their own personal ideas in their work?
School
Salisbury High School
South Australia
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Science
Stage of schooling
Secondary
School type
Government
School location
Metropolitan
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The class is a “Link” class of students who have been selected based on their NAPLAN results in primary school. These students achieved below average results, and are now being supported in developing such skills as literacy. The student cohort also includes those with disabilities, and some from ESL backgrounds.

Content provider
Organisation
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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