Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Selecting Indigenous resources

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher discusses how she works with colleagues to teach the Australian Curriculum through Aboriginal perspectives. Together they consider the ways in which Aboriginal studies could be integrated into mathematics and science teaching using a local Aboriginal cultural studies database. The teachers explore and discuss the use of selected and validated Indigenous resources to build confidence in teaching Aboriginal perspectives.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.4
Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues with providing opportunities for students to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
  1. How do you work with colleagues to identify opportunities to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in teaching programs?
  2. How have you supported colleagues to select appropriate resources to engage students in core concepts and/or to develop general capabilities?
Sturt Street Community School
South Australia
Year level
Year 2
Year 3
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Sturt Street Community School is a Birth to Year 7 school located in central Adelaide, The school has a culturally diverse student population. The year 2/3 teacher has collaborated with teachers from seven other schools to embed Aboriginal studies across curriculum learning areas. This has resulted in the development of a database that includes resources and activities to support the teaching of Aboriginal histories and cultures within the Australian Curriculum.

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