Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Girls writing club


About this Illustration of Practice

At a school in remote Western Australia, the teacher has identified a group of Aboriginal girls from years 4, 5 and 6 who require further English literacy support. The teacher takes the group of girls out of their regular classes to work in a small group on planning, drafting, editing and ‘publishing’ a story. The teacher has created a safe environment where the students can have their individual literacy needs met and create a piece of work in the form of a book which can be viewed as a success story for the students.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.4
Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
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.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
  1. Why might small group work be an effective strategy for particular cohorts of students?
  2. What strategies do you use to target the individual literacy needs of your students?
  3. How do you set high expectations for your students?
Learning area
English
Year level
Year 4
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACELT1794
ACELY1695
Learning area
English
Year level
Year 5
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACELY1705
Learning area
English
Year level
Year 6
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACELY1715
School
Tom Price Primary School
Western Australia
Year level
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Year
Related subject
English
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
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 transient and diverse student population due to the town’s mining industry. In the Girls Writing Club, the students have previously watched short films to plan their creative writing stories and the teacher has used craft to engage the students in the task of publishing a book.

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