Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Linking scientific concepts


About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher has designed the lesson to highlight the connections between the constant acceleration formula and Newton's laws. The students form theories and test predictions with a practical activity using carts and ramps. The teacher supports the students to articulate their reasoning to facilitate self-correction. The teacher reflects on the thinking and learning with the students at the end of the lesson.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.1
Establish challenging learning goals
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Develop a culture of high expectations for all students by modelling and setting challenging learning goals.
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. How might you support students to draw links between different units of work?
  2. What strategies could you use to support students to develop solutions to challenging problems?
  3. What might be some of the benefits of a team approach to unit design?
Learning area
Science
Year level
Year 11
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACSPH060
ACSPH061
ACSPH063
ACSPH058
ACSPH047
ACSPH050
School
John Monash Science School
Victoria
Year level
Year 11
Related subject
Science
Stage of schooling
Secondary
School type
Government
School location
Metropolitan
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John Monash Science School is the first school of its kind in Victoria and one of only three such specialist science providers in Australia. Opening for the first time in 2010, the facilities and infrastructure are multi-storey and based on a ‘learning commons’ design to facilitate the variety of flexible teaching and learning approaches characteristic of the school. JMSS has formed strong partnerships with researchers and academics in a broad mix of scientific fields at Monash University. JMSS delivers its curriculum via a team teaching paradigm that supports teachers to collaborate and plan lessons around the needs of the students, and allows for flexibility in teaching strategies and differentiating learning. Through this approach JMSS seeks to develop student skills in collaboration, team-work, compromise, creativity and problem-solving, and to accentuate more activity-based learning, project-based learning, and genuine team-based inquiry which are all important in developing STEM knowledge and skills. All JMSS curriculum is accessible anywhere and anytime online to allow for seamless transitions between home and school.

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