Evidence-based teaching approaches for your classroom

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Innovative classroom approaches from your peers

Examples of best practice in education from other Victorian schools. ​​​

Leading school improvement opportunities

Leadership Partner Brooke Burnett has supported schools to make positive change as part of the Differentiated Support for School Improvement (DSSI) program. Similar roles are currently advertised

Transforming literacy and numeracy in the Middle Years

Braybrook College was one of the first schools to deliver targeted support under the Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) initiative, ensuring students have the skills they need for work and life

Making cultural inclusion a priority

Moolap Primary School shows how whole-school approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural inclusion leads to a positive climate for learning for all students.

Using data to drive differentiated teacher practice

Diggers Rest Primary School has expanded five times over in the last five years, but still keeps a commitment to meeting the classroom needs of students at an individual level.

Taking time to be my best teacher

Hawkesdale P-12 College Teacher Florence Roney looks back on the first two years of teaching, sharing her experiences and challenges as she returns to a new school year.

Set your school up for success

Assistant Principal Carly Pluck shares how Canterbury Primary School works with both staff and students to make sure everyone is empowered to do their best and take control over what they want to learn and achieve.

'Big ideas' in number and authentic numeracy tasks

Derrimut Primary School's focus on Professor Dianne Siemon's 'big ideas' in Number has helped them target individual learners and create engaging, practical lessons.​

Using language skills to teach maths

Derrimut Primary School classroom teacher Sally Burke explores the Number Talks approach to incorporating expressive and receptive language skills into her mathematics class.​

Approaching dyslexia

​Inclusion Online tutor Jodie Mattingley explains approaches to supporting students with disabilities and learning difficulties for teachers to implement in their classrooms.​

Targeted numeracy intervention in action

St Albans Leading Teacher Owen McIntyre explain their approach to targeted numeracy intervention.

Intellectual rigour for students and teachers

2017 Lindsay Thompson Award Winner for Excellence in Education, Steven Cook, discusses how teachers can help students to think carefully and deeply when they're challenged with new knowledge and arguments.

Developing literacy non-negotiables

Since 2013, Fo​otscray North Primary School in Melbourne's west has made a concerted effort to embed consistent literacy instruction across the school.

Kung Fu kids laying literacy foundations

As part of literacy development program, Mitcham Primary School has introduced an unusual but effective way to teach their younger students about punctuation – Kung Fu Punctuation.

Improving literacy one sentence at a time

Dictated sentences and writing goals produce great literacy outcomes for students at Ocean Grove Primary School.

Bright reading futures for Sunshine Harvester students

Improvements in NAPLAN, a change​​ in school culture and a love of reading – how classroom libraries make a real difference.

Strategies to work better as a team

Examples of strategies you can employ in your school to develop stronger teams and whole-school approaches. ​​

What it means to establish a community of practice (CoP)

Inga Wilson, principal at Sunbury West Primary School, collaborated with a number of primary and secondary principals in her network to establish a CoP dedicated to improving numeracy outcomes.

Creating a school culture where teachers purposefully collaborate

Victoria University Secondary College Principal, Elaine Hazim, explains how their Professional Learning Community supports staff to develop skills that are fundamental to achieving excellence.

A simple framework for your PLC

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Regional Manager Shane Lockhart explores ways you can identify and set goals, develop plans and monitor their effect to change the way your school operates and supports students

Make change and monitor its impact in your professional learning community

​Hear from Brandon Park Primary School's PLC and how they introduce a change in practice, measure and monitor its effect on student learning.

The 6 to 7 transition project: Primary-secondary partnerships

Four schools share their experiences in working collaboratively to create continuous learning for students moving from primary to secondary school.

Starting with the data: Student wellbeing during the transition from primary to secondary

School nurse Courtney Croxford explains how Lilydale Heights College made use of the Student Transition and Resilience Training (START) resource.

Teacher tip: Practice principles that support students transition from primary to secondary school

As a classroom teacher, you support students during the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on quality relationships with your students and creating a positive climate for learning.

Develop and plan learning assessment in your professional learning community (PLC)

At Brandon Park Primary School, teachers use their professional learning community (PLC) time to plan and develop curriculum and pedagogical approaches for differentiated learning.

Mentor a graduate teacher in 2019

Equip yourself with the skills to support graduate teachers this year by registering for the Effective Mentoring Program and guide your development with the Mentoring Capability Framework​.

Prioritising and setting goals in PLCs

​Teachers at Brandon Park Primary School show you how to prioritise student learning needs and develop learning goals with students and for yourself through your professional learning community.

Learning together through peer observation

At Verney Road School in Shepparton, Principal Janet Gill Kirkman explains how her school's new peer observation approach is connecting staff, supporting their development and benefiting students.

Shaping an environment for shared professional learning

Altona P-9 College showcases how changing its attitudes toward professional learning has led to a culture of shared excellence for all teachers and leaders

Teacher tip: Supporting effective professional learning

​Effective professional learning is collaborative, inquiry focused, embedded in teaching practice, guided by student learning need and aligned with priority areas for school improvement and teachers' individual learning needs.

Teacher tip: Peer observation, feedback and reflection

​​Peer observation involves teachers observing each other's practice and learning from one another, focusing on teachers' individual needs and the opportunity to both learn from others' practice and offer constructive feedback to peers.​

A constructive approach to peer observation at Dandenong North

​​Peer observation, including feedback and reflection, is a core component of creating a professional community and building collective efficacy.

Hear from education experts

Explore the research and applications of education experts from across Victoria and Australia.​​

Making sense of career education

Career consultant Gray Poehnell shares some insights into the workshops he has been leading with Victorian teachers across the state.

Your guide to numeracy from birth to Level 10

With the latest research and best practice teaching strategies, the Numeracy Guide is an essential resource for your classroom.

What the research says: setting up your classroom

​What effect do different classroom seating arrangements have on student participation? Should teachers or students decide who sits where? Teacher magazine editor Jo Earp takes a look at what the research says.

10 tips to build parental engagement

Education expert Mary Jean Gallagher explains why relationships between parents and schools can have a dramatic impact on a student’s education

Shifting the maths mindset in Victorian schools

​​For students to meaningfully learn any mathematical skill or acquire any mathematical proficiency, they need to find it important enough and to value it.​

Manage complex student behaviours

​Dr Lisa McKay-Brown explains how teachers can objectively assess and understand behaviours of concern and respond appropriately.​

Making your mark in your graduate year

​​Education expert Mary Jean Gallagher shares her top tips for graduates looking to do their best in their first years of teaching.

Top tips: Inspiring careers in STEM

​Professor Alan Duffy shares his tips for encouraging students to get involved in STEM careers.

Top ten tips for teaching

​​​Education expert and former principal Mary Jean Gallagher shares her top tips for improving teaching practice.

Data today is instruction tomorrow

Education expert Dr Lyn Sharratt explains how data walls can save teachers time and increase understanding of student achievement.

Literacy in schools: you’re not alone

Exploring the collaborative work being undertaken by teachers an​d principals to address many issues in classroom education, Dr Gallagher visited a number of schools including Lilydale and Upper Yarra Primary schools.

​The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model in action

Examples of best practice from Victorian schools using the High Impact Teaching Strategies, Practice Principles for Teaching and learning and the Pedagogical Model.

Using the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model at Vermont Secondary

When hearing about the school's approach to excellence in numeracy, what stands out more is the school's pride in building a positive climate for learning.

Excellence in numeracy through the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model

Teachers can use the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM) to establish, enhance or modify their instructional practice to develop a focus on excellence in numeracy.

Differentiation to improve engagement and learning

Teachers who differentiate effectively call on information that pinpoints what students know now, and what they are ready to learn next

Metacognition in action

Rosanna Primary School and Epping Secondary College have been able to empower their students to take control of their own learning.

Teacher tip: Use metacognitive strategies to empower your students

Teachers can implement metacognitive strategies to assist students to become self-regulating learners and to develop a strong sense of agency in their learning.

High impact teaching strategies in action: Differentiated teaching

​​PLC Regional Manager Shane Lockhart explains that differentiated teaching can marry perfectly to the FISO improvement cycle and support continuous improvement in students​.

Use data to inform targeted intervention

At Carlton Gardens Primary School, school leaders and teachers employ a Response to Intervention (RTI) program to apply differentiated teaching approaches to students across a number of areas of the curriculum.

HITS: Using metacognitive strategies

Leadership Partner Dean Bush explains how using the High Impact Teaching Strategy – Metacognition can results in almost eight months of additional learning gain.

Teacher tip: Enhancing literacy learning with the Pedagogical Model

​The Pedagog​ical Model places student learning at the centre of planning and implementation.

A consistent approach to assessment with the Practice Principles

​​​Oak Park Primary School reflected on what worked and what needed development to support literacy interventions in the classroom using the nine Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Developing and delivering effective feedback

​​Education expert Narissa Leung explains how teachers can use the High Impact Teaching Strategy of feedback to improve student learning.

Teacher tip: Using the practice principles to guide literacy learning

​Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (the Practice Principles) facilitate effective literacy learning in all areas of the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

Focusing in on high impact teaching strategies to support literacy learning

Learning specialist Nicole Alonso explores how Drysdale Primary School has been able to apply three HITS to support students' literacy learning outcomes .​

Teacher tip: Using high impact teaching strategies to support literacy learning

Literacy can be defined as students' ability to interpret and create texts with appropriateness, accuracy, confidence, fluency and efficacy for learning.

Teacher tip: Intellectual rigour for all students

Intellectual rigour is defined as building student dispositions in higher order thinking, building deep knowled​ge and deep understanding of the way in which knowledge is constructed.

Making the most of assessment

Evidence-based approaches to student assessment and data that can improve your school. ​

Explore literacy education in secondary school

The Literacy Teaching Toolkit has expanded to include Levels 7 to 10, helping teachers support literacy in all curriculum areas

Introducing the Mathematics Teaching Toolkit

The toolkit is a suite of resources to support teaching and learning from birth to Level 10

Westgarth Primary School's assessment overhaul

The school has developed a streamlined approach to assessment across all year levels, a change welcomed by teachers and parents alike.

Using moderation to identify and support student learning needs

Hume Central Secondary College Principal Irene Iliadis prioritises moderation in the first few weeks of term, to quickly identify student needs and differentiate teaching practice.

Teacher tip: Use moderation to make consistent decisions about student learning and assessment

Practice moderation for consistent, valid, evidence-based decisions around student learning and assessment.​

Data walls in action: Using evidence to drive student learning

Carlton Gardens Primary School take you step-by-step through their data wall and how it targets different curriculum areas and student needs.

Making student achievement visible across the school

Rochester Secondary College Leading Teacher Todd Woodfine explored ways to make data more accessible to teachers and kickstart conversation on student outcomes and teaching practice.

Teacher tip: How to use formative assessment effectively

Formative assessment provides the feedback that allows a teacher to monitor their impact and a student to move their learning forward.

Teacher tip: Using data walls to turn data into instruction

​Data walls are a practical and powerful way to gather data and transform it into actionable classroom strategies.

Building better student engagement

Advice and examples from Victorian schools on how you can build better student engagement. ​​