Teaching practices

Explore the teaching practices below to see how they can help you to deliver student outcomes and meet your professional learning needs.

Classroom management

Classroom management

Effective classroom management is essential in creating positive learning environment for all students with minimal disruptive behaviours. Research suggests that students with diverse learning needs, including students on the autism spectrum, benefit from structured teaching and environments that cater to their sensory needs. The practices in these series provides teachers with tools and techniques create calmer classrooms that are accessible and engaging to diverse learners.

Teacher standing in front of a class
Organise your classroom
TEACHING PRACTICE
For student years
Middle years
Helps students to
  • be independent
  • reduce anxiety
  • stay on task
  • a student raises a hand in class
    Establish classroom rules
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • understand behavioural expectations
  • Student works understands and works on her task
    Structure tasks using work systems
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Preschool – Year 12
    Helps students to
  • understand expectations
  • be calm
  • plan and organise
  • pay attention
  • Sensory considerations

    Sensory considerations

    Many students, including students on the autism spectrum, have specific sensory considerations and needs that teachers need to consider to create positive learning environments. Supporting these needs can make learning environments that are more accessible for more learners, with better acoustics to enable clear communication between students and teachers.

     

    Students working at a desk, with one holding a ball
    Meet students' sensory needs
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • be calm
  • focus
  • engage
  • Child raises hand in classroom
    Improve your classroom's acoustics
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Preschool – Year 12
    Helps students to
  • hear in the classroom
  • Career and self-discovery

    Career and self-discovery

    Developing a career or training pathway after school often requires thinking about how these prospects link with personal strengths and interests. Supporting students to discover these strengths and interests will give them a solid foundation for their career journey. These career and self-discovery practices focus on how to use the myWAY Employability platform, explore career interests and strengths, and identify and plan for post-school pathways.

    Welcome sign
    Introduction to myWAY Employability
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Senior years
    Helps students to
  • explore a range of careers
  • develop literacy skills
  • explore why people work
  • Person looking down the road
    Self-discovery
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Senior years
    Helps students to
  • identify work-related strengths
  • discover career interests
  • Person standing with 3 arrows on the ground
    Work discovery
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Senior years
    Helps students to
  • discover training pathways
  • explore work experience
  • Adjustments and scaffolds

    Adjustments and scaffolds

    Inclusive teaching often requires adjustments and scaffolds to be implemented to meet the needs of every learner. Small changes can support a student to understand the learning content. Adjustments and scaffolds may also reduce anxiety and behavioural concerns. These adjustments and scaffolds practices focus on strategies that can support students with transitions, writing, and general learning behaviour.

    A person writing a checklist in a notebook
    Use visual self-management tools in your classroom
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Early years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • prepare materials
  • build greater independence
  • maintain on-task behaviour
  • A teacher or parent assisting a student at her desk
    Support writing using SRSD
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Senior years
    Helps students to
  • write persuasive texts
  • organise thoughts
  • work independently
  • A teacher standing in front of a screen in a classroom
    Use instructional sequences in your classroom
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • transition smoothly
  • know what to expect
  • understand expectations
  • inclusionED Practice series

    Social/emotional wellbeing

    Social/emotional wellbeing

    The social and emotional wellbeing of students can strongly impact learning outcomes. Many diverse learners can find social activities challenging. These social and emotional wellbeing practices focus on social skill development, regulating emotions, and coping strategies for an overwhelmed state.

    Choice making
    Embedding opportunities for choice making
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • make decisions
  • build independence
  • Teacher working with student
    Provide feedback on learning & behaviour
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Early years
    Helps students to
  • respond positively
  • remain on-task for longer
  • feel valued
  • Teacher sticking 'help me' sign onto whiteboard
    Model emotional literacy
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Early years
    Helps students to
  • talk about their feelings
  • identify their feelings
  • express their feelings
  • School connectedness

    School connectedness

    Students who feel a greater sense of  school connectedness experience increased self-esteem, motivation and academic achievement. Fostering school connectedness also develops an inclusive learning environment. These school connectedness practices focus on developing home-school relations, collaborative partnerships, and establishing trust through communication.

    A teacher talking with a parent/carer
    Share information through home–school communication
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • succeed
  • Teacher greeting student
    Foster school connectedness using the WISE model
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Preschool – Year 12
    Senior years
    Helps students to
  • increase self-esteem
  • improve resilience
  • increase school connectedness
  • Students playing giant chess
    Strengthen school belonging and emotional trust
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Early years
    Middle years
    Senior years
    Helps students to
  • feel connected
  • Behavioural support

    Behavioural support

    Unexpected behaviours are often the first sign that students are experiencing emotional overwhelm. While adjustments and scaffolds put in place can lessen the possibility of these behaviours, these moments can also be a great learning experience if addressed sensitively. These behavioural support practices focus on how to coach students through these experiences, and how teachers can respond constructively.

    A teacher and a student talking
    Respond constructively to student behaviour
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • engage
  • build self-esteem
  • stay on task
  • Robotics

    Robotics

    Students assemble robotic LEGO vehicles
    Communicate effectively: Robotics social clubs
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • collaborate
  • express ideas
  • Students work as a group to solve problems
    Negotiate, resolve conflicts: Robotics social clubs
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • suggest solutions
  • compromise
  • Students assemble a walking LEGO robot
    Improve teamwork skills: Robotics social clubs
    TEACHING PRACTICE
    For student years
    Middle years
    Helps students to
  • collaborate
  • express ideas
  • compromise
  • Explore diverse learning