Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Strategic reading action

About this Illustration of Practice

Here an expert literacy practitioner works with Year 5 and 6 students at Wyndham Park Primary School. She models for a number of teachers how to improve students' comprehension strategies. One of these is to use 'Strategic reading action' which enables the student to think more deeply about character in a text.

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.
Other descriptors
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?
Wyndham Park Primary School
Year level
Year 5
Year 6
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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. The teacher is able to demonstrate general literacy approaches and principles for teaching students to read a range of texts more purposefully. She also demonstrates how working with smaller groups can benefit and extend students who are ready to progress to higher literacy outcomes.

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