Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Improving numeracy practice

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher of grade 1 discusses with a colleague how she can improve her students' literacy levels. The discussion, and the feedback she elicits, explores the ways in which her teaching program can be modified to meet her students' learning needs. The collegial discussion encompasses teaching and learning strategies, classroom organisation and the timetabling factors that will impact on the implementation of the proposed numeracy interventions.

Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
  1. What opportunities are there in your school for teachers to participate in collegial discussions about professional knowledge and practice?
  2. In what ways have you been able to receive, or to provide, constructive feedback from or to a colleague, to improve professional knowledge and practice?
Dominic College (K-12)
Year level
Year 1
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Dominic College is a Catholic, kindergarten to year 10, co-educational, independent school in Hobart. At the school, a grade 1 teacher discusses with a colleague how they can draw upon learnings derived from their successful implementation of a literacy program to improve the teaching and learning of numeracy skills. The teacher acknowledges the value of her colleague's previous advice about how to use groups to support student learning in literacy, and together they explore the potential of a similar approach for improving students' numeracy levels. 

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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