Glossary

A

Accreditation
Endorsement that a program meets approved standards.
Advocate
Promote a view or position or provide support to others.
Assessment - formal
Evaluating student performance through a structured (often written) assessment.
Assessment - formative
Evaluating student learning to provide feedback to students and devise/change teaching and learning programs.
Assessment - informal
Evaluating student performance through techniques such as observation and anecdotal records.
Assessment - summative
Evaluating student achievement of learning goals at a point in time.

B

Broad
Ensuring variety, not narrow or limited; ie comprehensive in content, knowledge, experience, ability or application.

C

Career stage
Benchmarks that recognise the professional growth of teachers throughout their careers, represented by increasing levels of knowledge, practice and professional engagement.
Certification
Credential attained by teachers who have met specified requirements.
Collaboration
Working with one or more colleagues to achieve a common goal.
Colleague
Other professionals and paraprofessionals (inside and outside the school), including but not limited to, teachers, principals, specialist teachers, pre-service teachers, industry partners, education assistants and teachers aides.
Context
The set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation or environment.
Curriculum context
What teachers are expected to teach and students are expected to learn. Curriculum content includes knowledge, skills and understanding that students are expected to learn and is usually described for a particular learning area at a particular year level.

D

Demonstrate
To show or make evident knowledge and/or understanding.

E

Effective teaching strategies
Strategies which research and workplace knowledge suggests contribute to successful learning outcomes for students.
Evidence
'Data that is considered reliable and valid, and which can be used to support a particular idea, conclusion or decision.
Exemplary
A high standard of practice, serving as a model or example for students, colleagues and the community.

F

No terms exist

G

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H

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I

ICT
Information and Communication Technology; the generation and application of knowledge and processes to develop devices, methods and systems.
Illustration of practice
An annotated artefact (e.g. video, lesson plan or work sample) that shows what the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers look like in practice at a particular career stage.

J

No terms exist

K

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L

Learning and teaching program
An organised and sequenced program of teaching activities and strategies; assessment strategies and resources.
Learning goals
The specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-targeted (SMART) objectives set with, by and for students.

M

Mentor
A more experienced person who supports and assists another person to grow and learn in their role.

N

Non-verbal communication
The use of unspoken cues generated by both the teacher and their environment that have potential message value to students. This could include but is not limited to eye contact, gestures, proximity and visual aids.

O

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P

Pre-service teachers
Students in initial teacher education programs provided by higher education institutions.

Q

No terms exist

R

Range
The set of available strategies or tools that can be used in different situations.
Registration
Regulatory processes for entry and continued employment in the teaching profession.

S

Stage of learning
Levels of learning aligned to the age or development of students.
Subject
Specific, recognised body of learning that is described in a curriculum document or is the focus of undergraduate studies.

T

Teaching area
The curriculum and learning area/s in which the teacher provides instruction.

U

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V

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W

Workplace knowledge
Knowledge of learning and teaching developed by practitioners within the context of their work environment.

X

No terms exist

Y

No terms exist

Z

No terms exist