Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Perceptions of reality

About this Illustration of Practice

This lesson aims to develop students’ understanding of the ways in which the media influences society’s values and people’s perceptions of their world. The teacher has structured a varied learning sequence to ensure students develop a deep understanding of core concepts by building on knowledge and understanding acquired previously and by relating content to the students’ own life experiences. Through the study of a number of media texts, students contribute actively to group discussions and compare and evaluate responses to ideas and issues.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
  1. How do you plan, structure and sequence learning programs to ensure that a deep understanding of core concepts is achieved?
  2. What teaching strategies can you use to ensure learning programs are engaging and relevant to a cohort of students?
Learning area
Year level
Year 9
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Emmaus College (Burwood)
Year level
Year 9
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 year 9 campus, where students are encouraged to be self-motivated, reflective and competent learners. The English program prepares all students for effective and responsible participation in their society, taking account of moral, ethical and spiritual considerations. In her teaching, the teacher is able to draw upon her own background in South Africa to extend her students’ concepts and ‘realities’ within the study.

Content provider
Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM)

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