Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Dispelling scientific misconceptions

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher uses models to teach a Year 7 class about eclipses. She engages the students by encouraging the building of individual knowledge followed by a quiz  to gauge understanding and to adjust the pace of the lesson. Student-built props are used to demonstrate students’ understanding and to dispel misconceptions. The students'  literacy and comprehension skills are  strengthened using a tactical reading strategy.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
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 teaching warm-up strategies do you employ to engage students?
  2. How could you use props to address misconceptions?
  3. How do you address literacy, and enhance content specific vocabulary, in your classroom?
Learning area
Year level
Year 7
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Rosewood State High School
Year level
Year 7
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Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Rosewood State High School is a rural school but is accessible to students in urban Ipswich. They focus strongly on the development of leadership skills, community service and the growth of life skills. Within the science program there is an emphasis on drawing connections to other learning areas and to developing literacy skills.

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