Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Authentic teaching techniques

About this Illustration of Practice

The course being taught, Body in Question, is an interdisciplinary course that includes elements of biology, physics and the humanities. Because the school utilises team teaching, the teacher examines what the students have retained from the previous lesson with a different teacher. She manages her classroom through respect and amiability, rather than the exercise of power. She works systematically towards specific learning goals. Activities often include innovative practical tasks that engage students in their learning.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1
Support student participation
Career stage
Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.
  1. What practical activities might you use to engage your students in the learning areas in which you teach?
  2. How can you improve your interpersonal interactions with students?
  3. How might you adopt interdisciplinary skills in your class?
Learning area
Year level
Year 10
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
The Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS)
South Australia
Year level
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
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Stage of schooling
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The Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) has a specific focus on science and mathematics, while at the same time embedding other curriculum areas such as the humanities in that learning. It is located on the Flinders University campus. 

Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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