Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Supporting Gifted Students

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher is mentoring a graduate teacher who is teaching a gifted class and discusses the demands of teaching this type of class. She reflects on the graduate teacher’s performance during her practicum, and the ways in which she engaged her students and delivered the content. She provides constructive suggestions for how the graduate teacher could draw quieter students into discussions. The teachers then reflect on ways in which the graduate teacher can better support the students in their essay writing.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1
Support student participation
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Model effective practice and support colleagues to implement inclusive strategies that engage and support all students.
  1. What strategies can you support your colleagues to implement in the teaching of gifted students?
  2. What communication methods do you model to ensure that every student has a voice?
MacRobertson Girls’ High School
Year level
Year 9
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MacRobertson Girls’ High School is a selective entry public school in Central Melbourne. Unique in its status as a state-wide provider for girls from Year 9 to 12, the selective nature of entry results in the  school having a broad socio-economic and cultural mix and the students having a strong commitment to academic excellence.

Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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