Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


About this Illustration of Practice

A year 4 classroom teacher uses a locally-developed ‘print-walk’ strategy within a block of English literacy lessons to engage students in learning about pronouns. Students are encouraged to engage in a print-walk search the pronouns in the classroom. The activity is treated as a learning game. The teacher subsequently introduces students to an Aboriginal Dreaming story and encourages her students to relate the story to other texts, to their own experiences and to the world around them.

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.
  1. How are your teaching strategies responsive to your local community context?
  2. What strategies do you use that build on the learning strengths, and target the needs, of individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students?
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 for four years. The ‘print-walk’ strategy was originally developed for Aboriginal students in remote communities.

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