Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Transformative classrooms

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher acknowledges that in some classrooms, teachers may be faced with students who present challenging behaviours, or who have presented challenging behaviours in previous lessons. She contends that teachers can create a learning environment characterised by well-paced lessons, explicit instructions, and response to individual learning needs and abilities. Students in a senior English class who have previously experienced failure, or who have been unfulfilled by their learning, describe how the teacher has transformed their learning opportunities and achievements.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.3
Manage challenging behaviour
Career stage
Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.1
Establish challenging learning goals
Career stage
Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students.
  1. What is your longer term, and short-term approach to managing challenging behaviours in your classroom?
  2. What approach does your school use to addressing discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully?
  3. How can well-structured teaching programs enhance a safe and supportive learning environment?
Gordonvale State High School
Year level
Year 9
Year 12
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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. Some senior students travel from the Indigenous community of Yarrabah. Students in the teacher's senior English class include those who have progressed though the school as well as those who have moved to the school.

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