Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


About this Illustration of Practice

The Health Education teacher highlights some of the sensitivities involved in teaching issues such as cyberbullying. She begins her lesson by drawing on students’ prior knowledge and understanding and with a group thinking strategy. The teacher organises students into small groups based on learner characteristics so that no individual dominate discussions. She feels that her selection of a range of ICT resources supported learning, stimulated discussions and enhanced the topic. 

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.1
Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
Career stage
Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.
  1. Which strategies or resources would you select or use to teach students about, or how to deal with cyberbullying?
  2. Is there particular knowledge, skills or qualifications that teachers should have before teaching about cyberbullying?
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
New South Wales
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Health & Physical Education
Stage of schooling
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This edited video is extracted from a Health Education lesson on cyberbullying. The actual lesson formed part of the mandatory Years 7–10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education curriculum in New South Wales. The lesson was developed and taught to a Year 8 all girls class. The class was comprised of students from performing arts and non-performing arts programs. The students in the class were deemed by the teacher to be at different developmental stages and to exhibit a range of learning characteristics.

Content provider
The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)

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