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
6 reviews

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

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Teaching Standards
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources
5.4.2 Proficient Level – Interpret student data
6.4.2 Proficient Level – Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2, 5.4.2 & 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of 1. Face to Face in Australia (NSW - Accredited) 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.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Designing better teaching strategies
by Emily Mitchell on 28/09/2017

Extremely interactive and useful. Engaging content and presenter, hands on as well.

Designing better teaching strategies

Content relevant and informative. Improved understanding of effective strategies. The only negative comment I have is that there was a lack of time to develop more strategies.

Designing better teaching strategies

Very good variety of topics covered.

Designing better teaching strategies
by Jac Hancox on 28/09/2017

Got a lot of useful stuff from this. Will be using a lot of what I learned.

Designing better teaching strategies

I now feel more confident in accessing and using VALID data.

Designing better teaching strategies
by Susan Drane on 28/09/2017

Varied content. All areas covered are really useful to my teaching and programming.

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)