Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Building compassion for the natural world


About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher facilitates a lesson where students participate in science-based activities, including comparing animals to humans, conducting a litter survey and visiting the school kitchen garden to stimulate student interest through engaging hands-on activities. The teacher believes that active learning in science can help students connect to the natural world through their emotions and senses.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  1. What kinds of activities have you developed to maximise student engagement in a unit of work?
  2. How can the learning areas in which you teach be used to encourage students to use their senses and emotions?
Learning area
Science
Year level
Year 3
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACSSU044,ACSHE050
School
Wooranna Park Primary School
Victoria
Year level
Year 3
Related subject
Science
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Metropolitan
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Wooranna Park Primary School is located in a low socio-economic area of Melbourne. The school places an emphasis on students accepting responsibility for their learning. Opportunities are provided for students to pursue personal learning passions and negotiate the curriculum. The school is strongly influenced by the philosophical thinking underpinning the Reggio Emilia Schools of Northern Italy and the work of Professor George Betts on autonomous learning.

Content provider
Organisation
Education Services Australia

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