Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Real-life business

About this Illustration of Practice

In a year 11 Business Organisation Management class, a teacher uses a range of strategies to suit the learning needs of her students. Within a unit on Operations Management, the teacher has previously taken students to a local supermarket to connect their theoretical knowledge with a real-life business example within the community. The teacher is then able to draw and build on this experience throughout the lesson and in future teaching. Most students use English as an additional language, so the teacher uses class discussion, the ‘I do, we do, you do’ strategy and continuous consolidation activities to support their English literacy needs and understanding of core concepts.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.4
Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Career stage
Design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  1. What strategies would you use that make connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ sense of identity and prior knowledge?
  2. How would you target the English literacy needs of students with English as an additional language or dialect?
Tagai State College (Thursday Island Secondary Campus)
Year level
Year 11
Related subject
Economics & Business
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Thursday Island Secondary Campus in the Torres Strait is part of Tagai State College. The Secondary Campus has a student enrolment of about 368 students with the majority being of Torres Strait Islander and/or Aboriginal descent. The Campus offers courses of study from years 8–12. Students transition to the Campus from 16 outer and inner island schools and approximately 70 students board at two residential colleges on Thursday Island.
Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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