Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Creating routines

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher demonstrates how she establishes and maintains orderly routines in the classroom and effectively communicates to support student understanding and participation. Within a class with an English literacy focus, the teacher demonstrates through a series of group activities how effective learning behaviours can be enhanced through positive reinforcement, the use of clear signals to gain students’ attention, the establishment of defined roles and tasks, controlled questioning, the modelling of positive behaviours, and the in-depth explanation of these to students.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.2
Manage classroom activities
Career stage
Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.5
Use effective classroom communication
Career stage
Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.
  1. Why might student involvement in setting class rules and routines be an effective classroom management strategy?
  2. How do you manage classroom activities and arrange transitions smoothly?
  3. What communication strategies do you use to ensure all students are able and ready to participate in classroom activities?
Learning area
Year level
Year 4
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Tom Price Primary School
Western Australia
Year level
Year 4
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
Very Remote
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The school is located on the Innawonga and East Guruma Lands in the mining town of Tom Price, around 1600km from Perth. Twenty per cent of the school’s 330 students are Aboriginal and the school has a diverse student population due to the town’s mining industry. The teacher has worked at the school during the last four years. At the beginning of each year, she works with other teachers to establish planned, predictable routines that will be implemented within teaching programs across the school throughout the year.

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