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Cardijn College – Physics

Teacher Standards Focus Areas: 2.1, 3.5, 4.1

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

Graduate: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.

Proficient: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

Highly Accomplished: Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.

Lead: Lead initiatives within the school to evaluate and improve knowledge of content and teaching strategies and demonstrate exemplary teaching of subjects using effective, research-based learning and teaching programs.

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

Graduate: Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.

Proficient: Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.

Highly Accomplished: Assist colleagues to select a wide range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support students’ understanding, engagement and achievement.

Lead: Demonstrate and lead by example inclusive verbal and non-verbal communication using collaborative strategies and contextual knowledge to support students’ understanding, engagement and achievement.

4.1 Support student participation

Graduate: Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

Proficient: Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.

Highly Accomplished: Model effective practice and support colleagues to implement inclusive strategies that engage and support all students.

Lead: Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.

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  1. How does the teacher apply knowledge of the teaching content to develop engaging teaching activities?
  2. What strategies does the teacher use to engage and support all students in classroom activities?
  3. How can you use effective verbal and non-verbal classroom communication to support student understanding, participation, engagement, and achievement?
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Cardijin College is a Catholic co-educational school that caters for students from Reception to Year 12. The school is located in Adelaide, South Australia.

In this Year 12 Physics lesson, Daniel Rabbett facilitated a range of classroom activities that aimed to provide students with a deep understanding of the lesson content. Daniel used effective classroom communication and engaging learning activities to revise learnings previously taught concepts in an attempt to consolidate students’ understandings of key concepts.

Daniel’s explicit teaching of new information combined with students actively participating in the lesson promoted positive and inclusive learning opportunities. Daniel’s collaborative teaching methods enabled consistency in checking for student understanding, assessing where students are at in their learning and to inform next steps for planning future lessons.

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Sample physics questions

An example of questions on the topic of relativity completed by the students during this Year 12 Physics lesson.

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About the teacher’s use of engaging learning activities to improve student outcomes in an interview with the teacher.