The modern classroom is ever-changing. The following evidence-based teaching strategies can assist teachers as they support students’ education continuity, in an online and/or remote learning environment.
Read more on cognitive load in Cognitive load theory and Managing cognitive load through effective presentations.
Read more on high expectations in How high expectations and engagement in primary school drive student learning and What works best:2020 update.
Read more on collaboration in Improving high school engagement, classroom practices and achievement and What works best:2020 update.
Read more on student wellbeing in Capturing and measuring student voice and Improving high school engagement, classroom practices and achievement.
For emotional safety preventative and responsive strategies, read Trauma-informed practice in schools: An explainer.
The department’s dedicated Learning from home webpages provide resources and advice for teachers and parents including information on:
Teachers can also access the Literacy and numeracy professional learning.
The toolkit includes a reflection framework. It supports teachers to reflect on their current practice for each of the What works best themes and identify areas for improvement. The reflection process involves outlining your current practice for each What works best theme and the impact of your current practice. Then, identify the next steps for improvement by considering areas of practice that need to be strengthened. This includes practices that need to be adopted/started, adapted/changed or stopped/discontinued.
When reflecting on your practice for each theme, refer to the strategies in the What works best in practice document, specific elements of the School Excellence Framework and to the standards of focus in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
What works best in practice supports teachers to implement the evidence-based themes outlined in What works best: 2020 update. It provides strategies and case studies against eight key teaching practices that are known to improve student outcomes.
The eight themes are:
The themes provide a useful framework for teachers to ensure their practices in the classroom align with the evidence. The strategies in the document are a great starting point for practical implementation and the case studies provide some examples about how other schools have approached these practices. As always, it is important to consider the strategies within the unique context of your own classroom and school environment.
Our What works best: 2020 update lays out the research and data behind each of the eight themes.
The School Excellence Framework supports school leaders take a planned and whole-school approach to improvement. The eight themes closely align with the School Excellence Framework.
This resource has practical tips on how to consider cognitive load when creating teaching presentations. It was developed based on the research in CESE's cognitive load publications, with the help and inspiration of Concord High School. The PowerPoint can be downloaded and used in schools for professional learning activities. Speaker notes are included in the presentation. A PDF version can also be downloaded below (does not contain speaker notes).