Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Peer assessing science inquiry presentations

About this Illustration of Practice

In this unit of work the teacher set the students a task of conducting an experiment based on a consumer product of their choice. Inspired by recent professional learning the teacher incorporates ICT by having the students share their practical report as a multimedia presentation. The teacher uses the presentations as an opportunity for students to use rubrics to reflect on, discuss and assess each other's work. Through this she hopes to highlight how rubrics connect to the requirements of a task, and that to achieve success they need to understand and address all elements of a task.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
  1. How can you manage small group work to ensure active participation of all students?
  2. How do you connect classroom content with real world problems or students' own experiences?
  3. Can you identify new opportunities to incorporate multimedia into your learning programs?
Learning area
Year level
Year 9
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Northcote High School
Year level
Year 9
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Stage of schooling
School type
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Northcote High School is a large co-educational school in the inner north of Melbourne. In 1996 the school became a Science and Technology Centre. The sustained focus on science ensures that students have access to a broad range of opportunities within and outside of the classroom, including through inquiry based projects, community projects that draw in expert practitioners, and partnerships with universities. 

Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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