Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Modelling focus group teaching

About this Illustration of Practice

A classroom teacher who is also a literacy leader models teaching strategies she uses in a Year 1 literacy writing session to ensure students’ literacy requirements are met. Here the teacher demonstrates the instructional strategies used when working with a small focus group to extend and improve their literacy skills.

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.
  1. What can you do to support colleagues to implement effective literacy teaching strategies in the classroom?
  2. What are the most effective professional learning strategies you use to mentor other teachers?
Learning area
Year level
Year 1
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
St Peter's Primary School
Year level
Year 1
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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This is a Year 1 writing lesson where the students are using the recount instructional strategy to write their own stories about a recent excursion. A Year 3 teacher who will teach Year 1 the following year is observing how her colleague structures the writing hour. A post-lesson discussion allows the current Year 1 teacher to clarify her understanding of the purpose of a focus group as an instructional strategy.
Content provider
Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM)

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