Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Focused on learning

About this Illustration of Practice

Here an early childhood teacher establishes class rules and expectations and sets up procedures that keep young children consistently focused on classroom tasks. Children transition smoothly between activities and maintain engagement with a sense of ‘ownership’ of the space and control over the pace of their learning. She recognises and responds to the Aboriginal cultural background of many of the students and supports students from low socioeconomic backgrounds through strong partnerships with families.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.2
Manage classroom activities
Career stage
Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.3
Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
Career stage
Design and implement teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  1. How do you organise routines so that student time on learning tasks is maximised?
  2. How do you establish expectations for children’s behaviour and address discipline issues?
  3. How do you analyse student learning and cater for students’ individual needs and strengths?
Glenroi Heights Public School
New South Wales
Year level
Early Childhood
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'My Country, My Culture' is the unifying theme for students' work in a guided play-based program in which children move between workstations, which include puzzles, reading and writing, Home Corner, and creative arts. Students choose the order of their activities and opportunities are taken to demonstrate and utilise everyday purposes for reading and writing. The teacher has broad intentions for children to 'have a go', 'take the risk' to learn something new and solve problems as confident learners. She has specific learning goals in History and English, which are communicated to the students, other educators in the room and parents.
Content provider
Early Childhood Australia (ECA)

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