Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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About this Illustration of Practice

Here an expert literacy practitioner works with Year 1 and 2 students at Wyndham Park Primary School. Here, she models for a number of teachers some teaching strategies to assist students distinguish between different kinds of texts. These include whole class and small group work and the selection of resources that will challenge students' assumptions and support deep thinking.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues to implement effective teaching strategies to improve students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
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Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
  1. What are the benefits of learning from an expert mentor?
  2. How does expert mentoring lead to improvements in student learning?
  3. What aspects of your teaching would benefit from expert mentoring?
Learning area
Year level
Year 1
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Wyndham Park Primary School
Year level
Year 1
Year 2
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At Wyndham Park Primary School, the Principal and leadership team support high quality professional learning opportunities for colleagues. One strategy involves expert mentoring to improve student learning in literacy. Classroom teachers are given the opportunity to observe the mentor working in a classroom environment. The school was established in 2011. Its over 300 students are drawn from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

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Education Services Australia

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