Designing better teaching strategies

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Use SMART to analyse your school's VALID Science results. Use the Quality Teaching Framework to design better lessons to address identified student learning needs.
Target Audience
Science teachers 7-10

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Participants use Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and the Quality Teaching Framework (QTF) to create a teaching strategy to address and identified learning deficit. Participants will peer review each others teaching strategies using the QTF criteria.


Science teachers 7-10

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Resources, forums and peer reviews are conducted via moodle LMS.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Using SMART to analyse VALID Science

45 minutes

Participants must have access to their school’s VALID Science results on SMART.
Participants will analyse their analyse their school’s VALID Science results to identify strengths and weakness of the school’s candidature.

Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK)

15 minutes

Presentation and discussion

The Quality Teaching Framework (QTF)

1 hour and 30 minutes

Presentation and discussion of the QTF.
Review and feedback of two imperfect teaching strategies using the QTF criteria.

Designing an effective teaching strategy

1 hour and 45 minutes

Participants use the QTF to guide the construction of an effective teaching strategy to address the learning need identified using SMART.
Teaching strategies are created on Word and uploaded to a moodle for peer review.

Peer review of teaching strategies

45 minutes

Moodle peer review: Participants use the criteria of the QTF to review and critique TWO teaching strategies of their peers.

What To Bring

WiFi Laptop
Access to their school’s VALID Science results on SMART.

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About the team

Jim Sturgiss


Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)