5 Teaching Practices

Five Teacher Practices

The Five Teacher Practices provide teachers with an understanding of teaching practices that enhance learning. These practices support teachers in their own learning and development and enable them to develop their professional judgement in discerning how and when to apply specific practices.

Excerpt from Vision for Learning (Catholic Education Western Australia)

Quality Relationships Quality Relationships is the practice of modelling Christ-like relationships between students and teachers, enabling all to grow in the image of God. At SSP teachers aim to know self, through Christ, and build quality relationships with parents (the first educators) and students. We value student voice, inclusivity and provide safe and trusting environments for student learning.
Instructional Range

Instructional Range is the practice of being agile and responsive to the needs of each student and employing a wide range of effective evidence-based strategies to optimise learning. At SSP our teachers recognise their eclectic roles as reflective practitioners, knowledge specialists, learning guides and thinking catalysts.

Learning Design

Learning Design is the practice of creating and enabling learning experiences for each student to achieve their full potential. Teachers at SSP plan (based on their contextual understanding), assess, give positive constructive feedback and are focussed on value-adding, which is growth for each student. Students at SSP will  also be engaged in defining what success looks like and working towards achieving it. A focus on Mastery as part of our Circle of Courage further accentuates the importance of personalised success at SSP.


Engagement is the practice of attracting and holding the attention, curiosity, interest, optimism and passion of each student in the learning process and for their development as a whole person. At SSP we aim for students to be engaged in all domains; emotionally, behaviourally and physically so as to maximise their learning.

Place, Space and Technology Place, Space and Technology is the practice of using all aspects of the learning environment to scaffold and accelerate learning for each student. At SSP there is a focus on belonging, through our Circle of Courage, and technology is used as an effective tool to enhance and drive learning. Teachers also recognise and value the learning environment (physical and virtual) as the third teacher.