Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Literacy and numeracy strategies


About this Illustration of Practice

In a literacy and numeracy lesson, a graduate teacher focuses on rhyming, syllabification and pre-literacy skills. The teacher has developed a teaching sequence that integrates both literacy and numeracy strategies, with resources and activities carefully chosen to relate to the rural and farming environment familiar to students. The teacher finds this an effective way to engage her students and support the development of literacy and numeracy skills. There is a whole-school approach to literacy and the teaching strategies employed by this graduate teacher, who draws on her understanding of literacy and numeracy approaches embedded in such programs as 'First Steps'.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.
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
Graduate
Descriptor
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.
  1. Why is it important to know, understand and be able to apply a range of literacy and numeracy teaching strategies?
  2. What are the factors you take into account when choosing resources to support the development of literacy and numeracy in teaching areas?
School
Kellerberrin District High School
Western Australia
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Provincial
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Kellerberrin District High School is located in the central wheatbelt region of Western Australia and covers K-10. The students at the school have a diverse range of literacy needs, and these have resulted in the development of a Whole School Literacy Plan.  The teacher's class includes students who are at various stages of early literacy and numeracy development. In line with the Literacy Plan, the class has been working in a very rich literacy environment throughout the year. The Literacy Plan adopts an integrated curriculum approach that ensures there is also a strong focus on numeracy.

Content provider
Organisation
Country Education Partnership – Western Australia (CEP–WA)
Content provider
Organisation
Society for the Provision of Education for Rural Australia (SPERA)
Content provider
Organisation
Tertiary Educators Rural, Remote and Regional Network (TERRR Network)

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