Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Modelling scientific thinking

About this Illustration of Practice

The Science Horizon program at Newton Moore Senior High School aims to provide a diverse range of activities outside the classroom to encourage and foster students' passion for science. Dolphin observations, mangrove excursions and water quality testing are a sample of activities undertaken. An understanding of scientific method and technique is constantly reinforced in practical classes to complement the scientific research undertaken outside the classroom and to provide encouragement for students to become the scientists in these activities.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.2
Content selection and organisation
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Exhibit innovative practice in the selection and organisation of content and delivery of learning and teaching programs.
  1. How do you use innovative practice in delivering learning and teaching programs?
  2. How can teachers vary their approaches by selecting and organising content to target the learning needs of all their students?
Learning area
Year level
Year 8
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Newton Moore Senior High School
Western Australia
Year level
Year 8
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Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Newton Moore Senior High School is located in Bunbury in Western Australia and has approximately 620 students. The school has a strong commitment to innovation through the development of future-focused learning programs, and is a Pathfinder School within Microsoft's Partners in Learning program. The strong motivation behind all decisions is the school’s unwavering commitment to its students, parents, teachers and community to prepare students for the 21st century by embracing technology. Strong links with a range of education and community partners - parents, government and non-government agencies, industries and local schools - support these programs.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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