Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Rethinking the Science curriculum

About this Illustration of Practice

Even though Tash Colson has been teaching for ten years, she still prepares a detailed lesson plan for each lesson. This enables her to have a clear sense of the student outcomes that are to be achieved. Her knowledge of content and how to teach it has enabled her to participate in a national pilot for the Australian Science Curriculum, the understandings from which she is then able to use to support colleagues in her learning area. She has developed units of work for other teachers to trial with their classes. These units intentionally cater for a diversity of learners and include differentiated tasks.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify learning and teaching programs to create productive learning environments that engage all students.
  1. What systems are in place at your school for sharing teaching ideas and units of work?
  2. In what ways can differentiated tasks be incorporated into teaching materials?
  3. How do you ensure that your lesson sequences incorporate contemporary knowledge and understanding of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements?
Learning area
Year level
Year 10
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Centralian Senior College
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 10
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Centralian Senior College is the largest senior secondary education provider in Alice Springs. The school was established in 2005 and has approximately 600 students in years 10, 11 and 12. Tash Colson teaches at each of these year levels. In 2012 she participated in a pilot study of the new Australian Science Curriculum. She used knowledge gained in the study to develop teaching and learning materials that could be trialed with teachers and students at her school.
Content provider
Education Services Australia

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