Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Enacting scientific concepts

About this Illustration of Practice

The head of science at Mentone Girls' Grammar discusses how she engages students in learning science. Drawing on a range of routines, activities and games, she is able to help the students understand and remember scientific concepts. The example of "antigen chasey" engages students in learning about immunology, promotes engagement with science outside of class and also provides a touchstone for complex classroom discussions. Additional classroom strategies are used to encourage students to be active in class and to model positive learning behaviours.

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.
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. What strategies could you use to create an environment where students feel comfortable discussing and voicing their ideas?
  2. How could you use routines, activities or games in class to teach or revise concepts?
  3. What strategies can you use to extend learning beyond the classroom?
Mentone Girls’ Grammar School
Year level
Year 12
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Located 20km south of central Melbourne, Mentone Girls' Grammar is a Foundation to Year 12 school founded in 1899. Science is a main focus at the school and students in Year 5 and 6 are taught STEM subjects by specialist teachers from the Senior School. In Year 5, students undertake a STEM year in which every topic connects to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. As a result of the strong emphasis on Science, the school has high student uptake of Science electives at Year 12.


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