Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Hip hop dance

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The teacher demonstrates how she designs and implements effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting of her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Dance is popular amongst the community, and the teacher promotes technical skills and knowledge of the learning area by using Hip hop dance composition to attract and engage students, to challenge them technically and creatively, and to connect to community and local culture.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.4
Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Career stage
Design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
  1. How are your teaching strategies responsive to your local community and cultural setting?
  2. What strategies do you use to develop confidence in your students?
Hedland Senior High School
Western Australia
Year level
Year 8
Year 9
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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The students attend a remote high school in Northern Western Australia. The teacher has been teaching dance at the school for 5 years, and the dance group consists of year 9 students, others from a specialist arts program and three students from the school's special education centre. The teacher supports students to build their skills and knowledge of dance by developing compositions based on their sense of identity and activities or places in their local community.

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