Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Setting challenging and achievable learning goals

About this Illustration of Practice

In this year 9 class, the teacher assists students to explore the requirements and skills necessary to achieve success in a job interview. He establishes clear classroom goals at the beginning of the lesson and uses group learning and thinking strategies to ensure that students are engaged in their learning. A group learning strategy allows the teacher to interact with groups and individuals.

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.
Other descriptors
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.
  1. What strategies do you use to ensure learning goals are achievable yet challenging for students?
  2. How do you ensure learning is meaningful and relevant to a particular cohort of students?
Our Lady of Mercy College
Year level
Year 9
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Our Lady of Mercy College is a Catholic school for girls in the inner northern metropolitan area of Melbourne. It has a school population of approximately 1,100 students in years 7–12. Based on research findings, the school identified the need to offer an alternative learning program at year 9. An important aspect of the program is the opportunity for students to have rich learning experiences beyond the classroom and in the community. The program targets eight key areas that prepare students for the senior school years as well as life beyond school.

Content provider
Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM)

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