Classroom Practice

Looking at Classroom Practice

Classroom_PracticeWhat does it look like to improve my teaching practice?

Every day in classrooms across Australia teachers are assessing what their students know and what they still need to know, based on their expert content knowledge and understanding of their students and how they learn. This knowledge base enables them to understand where their students are currently situated on a particular learning pathway and to know what to do to move the learning forward.

But do teachers know what their own learning pathway looks like? What does it look like to improve your own classroom practice over time so that you are continually building greater expertise? To assist teachers and school leaders in answering this question, AITSL has developed the Classroom Practice Continuum and the supporting resource guide, Looking at Classroom Practice. The Classroom Practice Continuum brings the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (309KB PDF) to life by building out the Professional Practice Domain and articulating what teachers at increasing levels of expertise do in the classroom. By demonstrating progression along the Continuum, teachers can see what it looks like to improve their own classroom practice and the consequent impact of this improvement on student learning, student engagement in learning and student wellbeing.

The improvement of classroom practice is a critical aspect of the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework (735KB PDF) and the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders(249KB PDF). The Continuum supports these policies by providing a basis for conversations, improvement focused feedback and establishing directions for continued learning and growth.

Looking at Classroom Practice resource guide

The Looking at Classroom Practice resource guide supports the Continuum and will assist school leaders, teachers and educators across Australia in unpacking and engaging with the Continuum. This resource guide will enable the reader to develop a greater understanding of the nature of expertise, outlines various observation procedures and guides the reader in the development of protocols for observation.

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This resource guide comprises the following five sections:

  • Classroom Practice: introduces the Continuum and outlines its purpose.
  • Evidence Base and Research: discusses the development of the Continuum (co-constructed with the Expert Teacher Group) and the nature of expertise and expert performance.
  • Classroom Practice Continuum Overview: unpacks the Continuum and its alignment to the Professional Practice Domain of the Standards.
  • Observation Support Materials: outlines how the Continuum can support classroom observation practices in schools. Reflection and discussion questions can be applied to particular practices and contexts.
  • References.

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