Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

A collaborative learning space

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher of the year 1 class has a highly developed understanding of how to plan and implement effective teaching and learning using ICT. At the beginning of the lesson, she uses a series of concepts maps on an interactive whiteboard to identify with her students the activities and resources that each will use to complete the task. While these appear to be impromptu decisions she has anticipated all eventualities and identified and planned appropriate resources, including ICT software and hardware before the lesson began. In reflecting on the lesson after it has concluded she demonstrates a clear understanding of approaches to learning, including collaboration.

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. To what extent do you involve students in the planning of their learning?
  2. Which models of flexible, well-structured lesson plans have you used to engage students in learning?
  3. How are the most effective uses of interactive whiteboards for teaching and learning?
Learning area
Year level
Year 1
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
St Saviour’s Primary School
Year level
Year 1
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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St Saviour’s Primary School in Toowoomba, Queensland caters for over 400 students from Prep to year 7. The teacher of the school’s year 1 class had previously invited a visiting author to the class who had worked with her students to create creatures. She draws on this experience to develop and implement a lesson that is rich in individualised and group learning using a diverse range of resources. Her understanding and use of physical resources (the learning space – classroom, hardware/software) and human resources (teacher aide/other students) is exemplary.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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