Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Modelling numeracy lessons

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher works with other year 3 and 4 teachers in her school to design and implement explicit mathematical learning experiences for students.  Collaboratively, they select and use content and resources for numeracy lessons suited to the strengths and needs of individual students from diverse backgrounds. She understands the importance of 'visual' and experiential learning for students with language backgrounds other than English.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.1
Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.
  1. What teaching strategies do you plan and model with colleagues to support students’ numeracy achievement at your school?
  2. How do you plan for and use the language of numeracy in teaching?
St Albans East Primary School
Year level
Year 3
Year 4
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Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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St Albans East Primary School caters for a culturally diverse student population of approximately 365 students. It is located in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The school has three teachers participating in the Department of Education Primary Mathematics Specialist program. These teachers support other teachers to provide effective teaching strategies that promote the learning of mathematics.

Copyright holder
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
Content provider
The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV)

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