Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The particle model

About this Illustration of Practice

Two graduate teachers collaboratively teach a lesson on the interaction of particles in solids, liquids and gases. They encourage students to take on leadership roles in class through a role-play activity to demonstrate their understanding of the particle model. Following this, students develop presentations using information and communication technology (ICT) to demonstrate the results of their investigations into particles. The teachers discuss the benefits of using ICT in the classroom, including the scope for collaboration and socialised learning between students.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
  1. In what ways could you use ICT in the classroom to explain or demonstrate key concepts of a learning area?
  2. How do you select resources to develop higher order thinking skills, general capabilities and to promote student collaboration?
Golden Square Primary School
Year level
Year 5
Year 6
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Stage of schooling
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Golden Square Primary School, located in Bendigo, Victoria, is a government school with over 400 students. The school is partnered with La Trobe University and provides placements for pre-service teachers on their practicum. Students at Golden Square are immersed in technology throughout the school, with particular emphasis on 1:1 access in years 5 and 6. The graduate teachers are able to make connections between their own use of technology, that of very young children and the confident use of technology by their students. This lesson comes at the end of their placement.

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