Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The gaffer and the teacher

About this Illustration of Practice

At a 2012 state conference designed for teachers of media, teacher Bruce McLaverty uses industry connections to design and present a session for other teachers aimed at improving lighting in student films. In the illustration, he reflects on the importance for student engagement, and for the quality of student learning, of teachers being aware of industry-based standards, techniques and skills.

Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.4
Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Contribute to professional networks and associations and build productive links with the wider community to improve teaching and learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.
  1. How can you engage with professional organisations and networks to improve teaching and learning?
  2. What can you do to make links with industry and community groups to improve opportunities for your students?
This professional learning session was presented at the 2012 Australian Teachers of Media Victorian Conference. It was presented to teachers of Media with different levels of experience. The teacher planned the session in recognition of the impact of technology in media classrooms, where teachers and students often have access to a significant range of software and hardware but may not be using elements such as industry-based lighting standards to improve their film making.
Content provider
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM)

© Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), 2012 (except where indicated under acknowledgements). You may use, reproduce and adapt this material for educational purposes until 30 June 2019, provided you retain this notice and all acknowledgements associated with the material.