Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Living in Antarctica

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher has developed a unit on Antarctica for her year 7 Geography students. In this lesson the teacher encourages students to develop an understanding of and empathy for the conditions in which people in Antarctica live and why there is a human presence in this area by creating a social media profile.

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.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
  1. How do you develop teaching programs that show understanding of the skills, content and core concepts of the learning area?
  2. What strategies do you use that encourage active thought about the meaning and application of what is being taught?
  3. What strategies do you use that engage students in generating new ideas or ways of viewing the world?
Brighton Grammar School
Year level
Year 7
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Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Students have been learning about the various occupations of people who live in Antarctica and are beginning to develop an understanding of the wide range of occupations.  This lesson is at the start of the unit of work.

Content provider
Middle Years of Schooling Association (MYSA)

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