Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Rich conversations in mobile settings


About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher drives a mobile preschool van to a school site, where her colleagues assist in setting up play-based learning opportunities. In this learning environment, the teacher scaffolds mathematics learning as children use coloured tiles to sort, create patterns and begin to match numerals to their collections of objects. She provides modelling and mentoring to her assistants, reviewing the teaching and learning program to identify children’s interests that can act as a springboard for further learning. The teacher provides parents with regular opportunities to discuss their child's development and to be involved in the educative process.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify learning and teaching programs to create productive learning environments that engage all students.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.5
Use effective classroom communication
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Assist colleagues to select a wide range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support students’ understanding, engagement and achievement.
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.7
Engage parents/ carers in the educative process
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Work with colleagues to provide appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in their children’s learning.
  1. What opportunities can you identify in your environment for rich conversations that support learning?
  2. How can you support staff to understand the learning potential in everyday materials, events and experiences?
  3. How can you engage parents in conversations that reassure and inform them about their child’s learning and development?
School
Galloping Gumnut – Mobile Children’s Service
New South Wales
Year level
Early Childhood
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Non Government
School location
Provincial
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The mobile preschool provides services within rural New South Wales, drawing families from a wide geographic radius. The teacher and the service value 'rich conversations' for learning and apply sociocultural theories to their interactions with children, scaffolding their learning from their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) to higher-level thinking. The team identify children’s interests and use a Daily Reflection sheet to plan collaboratively for the child's next stage learning. In the program, parents are encouraged to chat to staff as they bring their children, many staying for longer discussions about what they might focus on with their children. Parents are also encouraged to be engaged in the educative process working with their own and others’ children.
Content provider
Organisation
Early Childhood Australia (ECA)

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