In this vignette, the year 4 teacher describes how the data she had gathered indicated that her students needed to be retaught the correct use of quotation marks.
She models the correct use of quotation marks, using rules, when converting a comic strip into a written text. She uses flexible grouping to provide targeted learning experiences to respond to curriculum intent and her students’ learning needs.
This teacher demonstrates a strategy which encourages students to develop their ability to self-regulate and assume responsibility for their learning. Prior to the beginning of the teaching episode, the students identify what they already know about the teaching and learning focus and rate themselves using a predetermined scale. After the teaching episode, they reassess their rating and add information about any new knowledge or skills gained.
The teacher uses the rating scale as the basis for differentiating the activities. She structures the groups so that differentiated support can be provided based on the students’ self-identified needs.
The teacher demonstrates how she gathers reflective feedback about her teaching.
The TeachingACEnglish project was developed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland in collaboration with Education Services Australia.
This vignette was filmed at Woree State School, Queensland.
In the Australian Curriculum: English, the content descriptions in the early stages of schooling focus on developing students’ foundational knowledge of how language works. Students learn about the structures and functions of word- and sentence-level grammar and text patterns and the connections between them. Students also develop a clear, consistent and shared language (metalanguage) for talking about learning.
Across the years of schooling, students learn how texts are structured to achieve particular purposes, how language is used to create texts that are cohesive and coherent, and how texts about more specialised topics contain more complex language patterns and features.
Based on Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials.
Recognise how quotation marks are used in texts to signal dialogue, titles and quoted (direct) speech (ACELA1492)
Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Icon of book
Please note: this resource does not address all focus areas of these standards.
This publication is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.