Sandy Warner

Teaching with technology

Lead Teachers Group ~ A Beginning!


On Monday, I hosted our first Lead Teachers Group meeting. It was great to see six teachers from our school and one teacher from a neighbouring school participate, with apologies from two other teachers.  To begin the meeting, I spoke about the AITSL website and how teachers can subscribe to the website to get regular updates and news from AITSL. We also looked at how to access the Self Assessment Tool (will need to register first) and where to find the Professional Standards on the website.

There was a general discussion around what people wanted to get out of the group and what direction it would go. The key points from this discussion were;

o Being able to engage in professional dialogue around the standards

o Helping develop a common understanding of what they mean

o Identifying ways in which we may already be doing this

o Supporting each other in collecting evidence

o Buddying up with a peer (that you may like to observe/support/ mentor you & vice versa)

Another teacher moved that we start looking at the Professional Standards to get us started and we decided to start with the domain of Professional Knowledge and looked at Standard 1: Know students and how they learn. Some key points were;

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

What teaching strategies do you use to build your knowledge of students’ physical, social intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning?

  • start of year social activities, getting to know Families- acquaintance interviews in term 1, look at student data boxes/ files, conversations with colleagues, contacting previous schools to gather as much information as you can on each student.

Questions to help our thinking (from AITSL website)


  1. What are some key considerations when adapting teaching strategies to suit a variety of student needs?
  2. What classroom strategies can be implemented as a means of differentiating a classroom program


1.2 Understand how students learn

How do you use research, collegial advice and workplace knowledge to structure teaching programs as well as expand your understanding of how students learn?

  • This may include our school focused research such as; AL related research including Brian Gray and Vygotsky, Sheena Cameron research, Wilson McCaskill (Play is the Way), Ian Lillico, Ymer, phonics research, professional reading including articles through twitter and professional blogs
  • How do you use this research in your classroom or structure programs to benefit children’s learning?

 Questions to help our thinking (from AITSL website)

  1. Should the feedback we provide to students always be based on what is correct?
  2. What research have you found useful in understanding how students learn?
  3. How can you modify your teaching activities or programs to respond to individual or groups needs or interests?


1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

How do you design and implement (or support colleagues to develop effective) teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds?

  • Need to know how you are going to do it, being totally aware of diversity, etc and including by acknowledging.  About recognising their strengths.
  • E.G. socioeconomic – organising food parcels, helping to pay for glasses through social justice money
  • How do you include them and use staff to support this?

  Questions to help our thinking (from AITSL website)

  1. How do you adapt and scaffold activities to meet the needs of ESL, etc students with varying levels of English?
  2. How do you differentiate your teaching to cater for students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds?

Where to next?

We decided that before our next meeting in term 3, that teachers would have a go at using the Self Reflection Tool to establish what standard they may be working at and be ready to report back at the next meeting about how they felt it went, usefulness to them as a tool, etc. I look forward to hearing how they went. We will also continue looking at the standards and how do we start collecting evidence.

Stay tuned!


2 thoughts on “Lead Teachers Group ~ A Beginning!

  1. Thanks for keeping me up to date with what is happening while I am away! Were any of the teachers that participated, specialist teachers?

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