Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Student movement

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher, a dance movement therapist at a school for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, talks about the strategies she uses to engage students in movement in a challenging context. At a professional development session the teacher discusses the strategies she uses to support the intellectual development of her students and what assessment practices might be used in this particular school context.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.1
Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.
  1. In what ways do you support colleagues to identify teaching strategies for those students whose physical, social or intellectual development does not follow typical paths?
  2. How might you adjust your approach to assessment based on the individual characteristics of your students?
Sunshine Special Development School
Related subject
The Arts
Stage of schooling
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Sunshine Special Developmental School is a coeducational government special school located in the metropolitan location of Sunshine, Victoria. The movement classes are based on respecting each of the students’ movement styles and supporting them to discover and progress to finding new forms of preferred movement.
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