Best practices – creating a positive learning environment (PDF, 70kB)
Using the department's remote learning resources
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.
- Clearly show students what to do and how to do it (for example, providing explanation videos, hard/soft copy worked examples or completed exemplars).
- Explain the purpose and relevance of all tasks (for example, providing visual lesson outlines, learning intentions, the activities or key instructions, and the success criteria for the lesson).
Read more on explicit teaching in What works best: 2020 update and What works best in practice.
Manage cognitive load
- Cut out inessential information.
- Present all the essential information together.
- Simplify complex information by presenting it both orally and visually.
- Encourage students to visualise concepts and procedures that they have learnt.
Read more on cognitive load in Cognitive load theory and Managing cognitive load through effective presentations.
- Provide daily to-do lists and day schedule.
- Have students submit work regularly.
Read more on classroom management in Classroom management and Leading from home – school planning.
Maintain high expectations
- Be clear about what is expected of students (for example, student behaviour and tasks).
- Provide effective feedback that includes constructive and actionable steps on how students can improve.
- Encourage student personal best goal setting.
Read more on high expectations in How high expectations and engagement in primary school drive student learning and What works best: 2020 update.
- Draw on collective teacher expertise (for example, co-plan lessons, share best practice models and resources).
- Regularly inform parents and carers of their child’s progress, learning expectations and learning goals.
Read more on collaboration in Improving high school engagement, classroom practices and achievement and What works best: 2020 update.
- Check-in daily with students.
Read more on active supervision in Classroom management and Learning from home – delivery of learning.
Support student wellbeing
- Encourage student feedback and suggestions to help students feel connected to their learning.
- Engage students in positive self-talk, discuss issues when they arise and encourage students to ask for help.
- Provide tips on how students can manage their time effectively.
- Promote emotional safety through preventative strategies, such as teaching students self-regulation (for example, breathing and meditation exercises).
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.
Support a safe online/remote learning environment
- Provide students and parents information on respectful, responsible and safe use of digital devices.
- Clearly communicate procedures for staff, parents and carers to report concerns or online bullying.
Read more on online safety in Anti-bullying interventions in schools, on the digital citizenship website, the eSafety website or download the eSafety toolkit for schools.
Using the department’s remote learning resources
Learning from home
The department’s dedicated Learning from home webpages provide resources and advice for teachers and parents including information on:
Literacy and numeracy resources for teachers
The Literacy and numeracy website supports the explicit teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy in schools by providing the latest resources including:
- learning progressions
- EAL/D learning progressions
- case studies
Teachers can also access the Literacy and numeracy professional learning.