Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Creating solutions

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher of a year 9 class promotes critical and creative thinking skills while modelling effective teaching strategies to a colleague. The focus of the lesson on social networking sites is the analysis of images that are projected onto an interactive whiteboard. The images allow students to critically and creatively explore different perspectives about the impact of social networking on young people and on society generally. The mentoring opportunity provided to the ‘beginning teacher’ allows for a discussion about possible teaching strategies that he can subsequently employ in his own class.

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.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.5
Use effective classroom communication
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Assist colleagues to select a wide range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support students’ understanding, engagement and achievement.
  1. What teaching strategies do you use to develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills?
  2. How can you support colleagues to select and try new resources and approaches to learning?
Emmaus College (Burwood)
Year level
Year 9
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Emmaus College is a co-educational Catholic school located in metropolitan Melbourne with a separate campus and learning program for year 9 students. The year 9 program offers a flexible and alternative teaching program. It is designed to enhance creativity, engagement, thinking skills and deep learning. Creative, critical and metacognitive thinking skills are developed through students’ practical involvement in projects. The pedagogical approach within subjects is deliberately intended to connect activities in the classroom to students real world experiences, including the use of information and communication technologies.

Content provider
Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM)

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