Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Making learning interesting

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher emphasises the need to think about how students will engage with the curriculum at the lesson planning stage. This allows her to plan for and implement teaching strategies that are relevant to her students' interests, abilities and developmental stage. In her year 10 Science class she uses analogy, group work and a practical class to teach Newton's Third Law. At a more senior level, she introduces and uses adult learning principles to support her Food and Hospitality students in a summative assessment.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1
Support student participation
Career stage
Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
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.
  1. How do you ensure that all students are engaged in their learning?
  2. What planning and teaching strategies are required in order to have productive group learning?
  3. How can teachers make content that may appear remote or abstract to students relevant and interesting?
Learning area
Year level
Year 10
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Centralian Senior College
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 10
Year 12
Related subject
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. The teacher works with a range of subjects at the College, including year 10 Science, year 11 Biology and year 12 Food and Hospitality. In both her year 10 and 12 classes she attempts to engage students by linking abstract concepts and assessments to real life contexts.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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