Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Investigating solids, liquids and gases


About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher uses the Science by Doing program to teach a Year 8, mixed ability class. Students work in small groups to define the properties of a solid, liquid, and gas. Students are responsible for their own note-taking to record learning, which the teacher reviews to gauge understanding. Independent learning is further promoted through students setting their own rules to explain the lesson outcome.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.1
Establish challenging learning goals
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
  1. What strategies do you use to engage students in the content of your lessons?
  2. How do you structure group work to support full student engagement? What strategies do you employ to assess students' learning in a class?
Learning area
Science
Year level
Year 8
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACSSU151
ACSIS140
School
St. Mary Star of the Sea College
New South Wales
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Science
Stage of schooling
Secondary
School type
Non Government
School location
Metropolitan
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St. Mary Star of the Sea College, located on the South Coast of  NSW, is a large Independent Catholic Secondary College for girls. The focus at the College is to develop students who are critical thinkers in a global context. The main feature of their Science program is the emphasis on Scientific Enquiry skills. Classroom teachers utilize the 5 E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) embedded in the teaching resource “Science By Doing” as a template that informs their pedagogical approach.

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