Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Engaging all students


About this Illustration of Practice

A group of colleagues work collaboratively to evaluate a recent mathematics unit that they taught and plan next steps in the teaching and learning process. The teacher guides the professional conversation to focus on engaging all students in mathematics lessons.  She shares ideas from her own exemplary practice and knowledge, and structures the meeting to model specific strategies to fully engage the teachers in the evaluation and planning process.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify learning and teaching programs to create productive learning environments that engage all students.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.6
Evaluate and improve teaching programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Work with colleagues to review current teaching and learning programs using student feedback, student assessment data, knowledge of curriculum and workplace practices.
  1. What are some of the strategies the teacher uses to effectively involve her colleagues in the meeting?
  2. How does the teacher structure the meeting to maintain a focus on student engagement throughout?
  3. Why does the teacher place such importance on developing ways to ‘measure’ the success of the mathematics unit with respect to engaging students in their learning?
Learning area
Mathematics
Year level
Year 5
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACMMG111
School
Ballarat Grammar School
Victoria
Year level
Year 5
Related subject
Mathematics
Stage of schooling
K-12
School type
Non Government
School location
Provincial
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The school is a non-government school in a provincial setting. The teachers involved in the planning meeting teach Year 5 classes of between 20 and 25 students. The teachers meet weekly to evaluate and plan their mathematics program together. They are implementing a new program this year, which features an inquiry methodology with central ideas explored by students, through structured, authentic learning experiences. The collaborative planning meetings are based upon Essential Agreements with enhancing student learning and teacher professionalism as the focus.
Content provider
Organisation
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)

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