Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Giving specific feedback

About this Illustration of Practice

Here, the teacher uses targeted feedback about how successfully the students are applying the new skills. He acknowledges how they respond to the challenge of applying the 'soccer pass' for defence and to set up a score for goal. He rewards the particular efforts of individuals, and reinforces the importance of teamwork and shared pursuit. At a key point, he withdraws a small group from the game and comments on how well they have applied the skills they have learnt.

Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.2
Provide feedback to students on their learning
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Select from an effective range of strategies to provide targeted feedback based on informed and timely judgements of each student’s current needs in order to progress learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.1
Establish challenging learning goals
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Develop a culture of high expectations for all students by modelling and setting challenging learning goals.
  1. What strategies for providing feedback to students do you use within a class?
  2. How can teachers most effectively assess individual performance in collaborative projects or activities?
Brighton Grammar School
Year level
Year 6
Related subject
Health & Physical Education
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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This teacher is responsible for teaching Physical Education at upper primary levels. After learning basic skills in ball passing and defence, and refining these in soccer drills, the teacher progresses the lesson to the stage where his students practise their skills in game performance. The teacher has been able to get to this point in the lesson so quickly because of his effective planning for and implementing explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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