Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Responding to student feedback

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher describes how he used student feedback to transform his teaching methodology and practice. His previous use of an interactive whiteboard (IWB) as a tool to support his teacher-centered lecture style had proved ineffective and inefficient. Consequently, he has adopted an approach where he prepares short video presentations that cover the essential concepts in each mathematics lesson. These allow him to spend more time assisting his students. Students have responded positively to his approach and to also to the innovative resources he has developed.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.2
Content selection and organisation
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Exhibit innovative practice in the selection and organisation of content and delivery of learning and teaching programs.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.1
Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.6
Evaluate and improve teaching programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to review current teaching and learning programs using student feedback, student assessment data, knowledge of curriculum and workplace practices.
  1. What are the defining features of an effective lesson plan?
  2. Do teachers in your school value ‘student voice’ or feedback?
  3. How can IWBs be used to effectively and efficiently support student learning and engagement?
Learning area
Gungahlin College
Australian Capital Territory
Year level
Year 11
Year 12
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
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Established in 2011, Gungahlin College is a senior secondary school for years 10–12 in the ACT. It has over 800 students studying traditional and vocational studies. The school was designed and purpose built to incorporate extensive use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in a wireless networking environment. The teacher is able to take advantage of the learning environment that the school provides by presenting his short videos on a classroom IWB. The videos are linked to the class virtual learning environment, allowing students to play and replay videos in order to grasp the concepts involved.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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