Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Creative problem solving

About this Illustration of Practice

Practical subjects require a range of flexible classroom management strategies to cope with students working on individual projects. The teacher describes some of the approaches that she has developed to respond to situations where her students may be separately engaged in research, folio preparation, arts making and group activities. She demonstrates how she balances the need for individual and group activity work with whole class feedback and/or demonstration. In working with colleagues, she emphasises the need to ensure that the content and strategies used are engaging and flexible.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.2
Manage classroom activities
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Model and share with colleagues a flexible repertoire of strategies for classroom management to ensure all students are engaged in purposeful activities.
  1. What structures should schools provide to support teachers who require assistance with management of classroom activities?
  2. In what ways have your classroom management expectations been modified by either the characteristics of the students or the nature of the learning?
Centralian Senior College
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 10
Year 11
Related subject
The Arts
Stage of schooling
School type
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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. As the Arts Co-ordinator of the College, the teacher recognises the need to have flexible and appropriate classroom management approaches suited to both the subject area and to age of the students that she and her colleagues teach. She models these in her own classes and assists colleagues to adopt strategies to deal with particular classroom management issues as they arise.

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Education Services Australia

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