Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Workable routines

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher describes the benefits for her teaching, and for her students' learning, of the time spent in developing systematic approaches to lesson planning and delivery. While her approach is teacher-centred, it is highly structured and has created a positive learning environment where students can achieve success. The teaching and learning strategies that she uses enable her to use her own time more efficiently, make her feel more confidently in control of the learning taking place, and provide her students with predictable routines that they can work and succeed within.


Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.2
Manage classroom activities
Career stage
Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks.
Other descriptors
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.
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.
  1. What orderly and workable routines do you use in your classroom to ensure student time is spent on learning tasks?
  2. What elements should be incorporated into an effective lesson planning template?
Gordonvale State High School
Year level
Year 9
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Gordonvale State High School is a rural secondary school located in the southern part of the Cairns district in Queensland. The school has approximately 700 students in years 8 to 12. The teacher of year 9 mathematics inherited a class where a majority of students were convinced of their inability to understand or succeed in this learning area. By adopting a range of teaching and learning strategies, she has significantly increased their engagement and their achievement of learning goals.
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