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Making the links: literacy across learning areas in secondary school settings

This teacher resource describes a collaborative learning strategy sponsored by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia to improve the ways literacy across the curriculum is perceived and taught. The strategy was implemented in up to nine schools and involved six mentor teachers, 70 teachers and 600 students. ...


Two Tribes, 1998: Bankers and kids

This clip shows a group of people pairing selected school students with adults from the banking system who they think will be appropriate mentors. The students introduce themselves on camera, as do the bankers. The bankers talk about their work or, in the case of one man, his concerns about being a mentor, and the students ...

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Leading mathematics in a rural location

There are a number of initiatives that have been implemented at Parkes High School to foster the engagement of students in mathematics and to improve their knowledge of the content. These include mentoring for mathematics teachers, encouraging the involvement of community experts in mathematics and using technology to allow ...

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Supporting Gifted Students

The teacher is mentoring a graduate teacher who is teaching a gifted class and  discusses the demands of teaching this type of class. She reflects on the graduate teacher’s performance during her practicum, and the ways in which she engaged her students and delivered the content. She provides constructive suggestions for ...

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Science and Agriculture in Special Education

This teacher has initiated a program that takes students with special needs out of the classroom and into a farm environment where their maths and science learning can be put into a real-world context. In addition to developing maths and science skills, the students’ interaction with the animals supports the development ...

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The challenge of the new

The teacher is a mathematics director in a newly built school in the ACT. He is responsible for supporting a number of colleagues who range from beginning teachers to those who are highly experienced. He explains that his role is to assist them to select and trial new approaches to teaching and learning. This involves subsequent ...

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Creating solutions

The teacher of a year 9 class promotes critical and creative thinking skills while modelling effective teaching strategies to a colleague. The focus of the lesson on social networking sites is the analysis of images that are projected onto an interactive whiteboard. The images allow students to critically and creatively ...

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Intercultural understanding

The teacher of Indonesian is shown in a range of situations where her commitment to, and development of intercultural understanding is demonstrated on a classroom, whole school, intra-school and international level. Four illustrations of this include: the development of cultural task-based curriculum design; the use of ...

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Seeking professional learning

The teacher explains the importance of ongoing professional learning to her development as a teacher. She describes the additional training and development she undertook as a graduate teacher at university and how that more fully prepared her for her first year of teaching. In her current school, she takes advantage of ...

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Improving professional practice

The teacher believes self-reflection is fundamental to learning; for teachers as well as for students. Having set professional goals that were personally challenging at the beginning of the year, the teacher uses opportunities to reflect on her progress with the school Principal and her mentor. The feedback she has received ...

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Online curriculum

Here the e-Learning coordinator at Albert Park College explains how the school’s online curriculum is developed and supported to facilitate high quality teaching and learning. The teacher explains how their planned use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) allows her colleagues to deliver a guaranteed and agreed ...

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ICT for learning

Here the teacher describes how she improves teaching and learning practices across learning areas through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Rather than work with all teachers individually the teacher develops the ICT skills of curriculum leaders so they are empowered to teach others in the school. ...

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Strong start, Great teachers

A resource to support teacher induction in schools. Part of the 'Great Teaching, Inspired Learning' reform.