Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Basketball Carnival

About this Illustration of Practice

This teacher has developed a Basketball Carnival to help her students with disability experience high achievement. Though she initiated the program, the teacher supports students in taking responsibility for much of the work that goes into running the carnival. Students run the canteen and monitor its profits; and learn the scoring system, and teach others how to use it. Both literacy and numeracy are embedded in the students’ activities surrounding the carnival, in addition to the physical education benefits.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.6
Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
Career stage
Initiate and lead the review of school policies to support the engagement and full participation of students with disability and ensure compliance with legislative and/or system policies.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Monitor and evaluate the implementation of teaching strategies within the school to improve students’ achievement in literacy and numeracy using research-based knowledge and student data.
  1. How can you embed literacy and numeracy outside of traditional classroom settings?
  2. What strategies can you use to support students with disability in achieving their full potential?
  3. What kinds of activities might you use to teach literacy and numeracy by “stealth” to struggling students?
Salisbury High School
South Australia
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Health & Physical Education
Stage of schooling
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Salisbury High School is committed towards supporting students with disabilities to achieve success through the curriculum.
The school offers both Special classes and Unit classes to provide support and learning opportunities for students with disabilities. Each student accesses different learning areas within the school curriculum, modified to suit the individual needs of each student within the class. The focus within this class is developing post-school options.  The Basketball Carnival is a largely self-directed learning activity for students with disabilities.

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AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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