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Teaching and learning

Corinda State High School develops young people who can participate in a dynamic society, take responsibility, engage in life-long learning and contribute to the stewardship of the Earth.

The purpose of the Corinda State High School Pedagogical Framework is to develop well-coordinated, quality teaching, learning and assessment programs, which build students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours in all curriculum areas as well as their interdisciplinary and/or physical, personal and social capacities.

A common, consistent and evidence-based approach to teaching and learning is vital to ensuring that the learning outcomes for all students are maximised.  This document provides an overview of the beliefs, principles, processes and practices that provide this approach at Corinda State High School.

A whole school approach to curriculum ensures:

  • Shared understandings and a common language in the school community
  • Knowledge of the Learner
  • Continuity of learning across year levels
  • A full range of learning needs addressed
  • Responsive intervention
  • Students are given the opportunity to develop deep understanding
  • Alignment in teaching, learning and assessment practices
  • Our commitment to an explicit improvement agenda

Art and Science of Teaching (ASOT)

Corinda State High School has adopted the Art and Science of Teaching as a framework to support a consistent evidence-based approach to effective instruction across the school. The Art and Science of Teaching is a powerful framework for understanding the process of learning that can be used to plan curriculum and teaching and learning activities.

Corinda State High School believes that classroom instructional strategies should reflect sound science and research, knowing when to use these strategies and with whom is more of an art. Dr Robert J. Marzano's model for ensuring quality teaching balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. He articulates his framework in the form of 10 questions that represent a logical planning sequence for successful instructional design. At Corinda State High School we expect all teachers to examine their deliberate practice, reflect on their teaching and continuously seek improvement.

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program that supports 21st century learning for all Australian students and was implemented in Queensland State Schools in 2012.

In Year 8, students commence their engagement with the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Study Authority’s Essential Learning Framework which covers all eight key learning areas - Maths, English, Science, History and Geography, Technology, Health and Physical Education (HPE), Languages Other Than English (LOTE) and The Arts.

In Year 9 students continue to study core subjects of Maths, English, History and Geography, Science, Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Students also select from a range of electives to study in preparation for their Senior School studies. This ensures continued student engagement, allows them to pursue individual interests and talents and gives adequate time to study the elective subjects in depth.