Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Designing a unit

About this Illustration of Practice

A pre-service teacher at Darwin High school is given the opportunity to design a unit of study for her students. Her unit on how the media uses gender stereotyping to market toys draws upon her academic expertise in the field of Psychology. Designing an interconnected lesson sequence allows her to understand the complex roles of teachers, and to realise that their role extends beyond the classroom. She understands that without extensive thinking and pre-planning, quality learning is not guaranteed. Designing a unit shows her importance of prior learning to the sequential development of knowledge, skills and understanding. It also allows her to take a longer term view of learning

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.5
Use effective classroom communication
Career stage
Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.6
Evaluate and improve teaching programs
Career stage
Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.
  1. How do you take account of students' prior learning or knowledge?
  2. Are there exemplary models of learning design with which you are familiar, or on which you base your own lesson planning?
  3. In what ways have you adapted pre-existing lesson plans or sequences to take account of your students' learning needs or abilities?
Darwin High School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 11
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Stage of schooling
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Darwin High School is one of only two government schools in Darwin that cater purely for senior students at years 10–12. The school is relatively large in comparison with other Territory schools. The school is a teaching school with a relationship with Charles Darwin University. The pre-service teacher began her 'practicum' in the second term of the school year.
Content provider
Education Services Australia

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