Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The no-language method


About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher draws on teaching strategies informed by indigenous Australian culture, that she feels are relevant for all of her students. She uses a no-language activity to tune the students in to maths and to remove any potential confusion for EAL/D students, generated by language. The teacher also incorporates drawing into the activity, inspired by sand-drawings, to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and collaboration.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.1
Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.2
Understand how students learn
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge.
  1. How could you use indigenous methods or perspectives to enhance the learning in your class?
  2. What strategies could you use to assist learners whose first language is not English?
  3. How do you assess the strategies and processes students are using to solve problems?
Learning area
Mathematics
Year level
Year 1
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACMNA015
ACMNA036
School
Humpty Doo Primary School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 1
Year 2
Related subject
Mathematics
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Provincial
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Humpty Doo Primary School is a Northern Territory Government primary school situated 40km South-East of Darwin. The school has a student population that reflects the multicultural diversity of the surrounding community with a large number of families who speak English as a Second Language. 25% of students identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and a further 30% of the students have Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino, Japanese, Indonesian, Cambodian, Spanish, Dutch or Chinese cultural backgrounds. Humpty Doo Primary School has a priority to develop the social-emotional wellness and inclusion of all members within the school community. To support this priority, the school is committed to being an active KidsMatter school and Tribes Learning Community. Staff work collaboratively in teaching and learning hubs to develop curriculum programs responsive to the Australian Curriculum with a current focus on literacy improvement and the implementation of Visible Learning approaches. 

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