Diverse Classroom

Australian classrooms are wonderfully diverse in our composition of students, reflecting an ever-increasing range of cultures, languages, backgrounds, experiences, mental and physical abilities, neurotypes, gender identities and more. As an example, English as a Second Language or Dialect (EAL/D) learners make up nearly 25% of the student population across Australian schools. The resources below provide a good starting point for embracing a diverse classroom, but are by no means exhaustive. We recommend you see our ‘other resources’ post for further reading, references and resources. 

  

EAL/D: Diving Deeper

Posted on 5/05/2024
This comprehensive EAL/D support resource pack for your professional staff or personal library ensures any EAL/D specialist, or primary educator is prepared and supported in providing the best possible learning outcomes for those students.

  

Assessing the progress and achievement of EAL/D learners in mainstream classes

Posted on 20/03/2024
This article, taken from An EAL/D Handbook, dives into the specific considerations that should be taken when assessing EAL/D students.

  

Differentiated teaching: Targeted small group instruction

Posted on 19/03/2024
This insightful webinar explores valuable insights into using formative data for instructional planning and differentiation. Don't miss it!

  

EAL/D Essentials

Posted on 5/05/2023
This package comprises of two essential books with suggestions on teaching students from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. An EAL/D handbook by Helen Harper and Susan Feez and Margery Hertzberg’s classic, Teaching English language learners

  

Culturally diverse classrooms

Posted on 5/05/2023
This selection of texts has been hand chosen by PETAA's literacy team as an ideal compilation for teachers and school leaders who work in a school that has a culturally diverse student body.

  

Classrooms of Possibility

Posted on 4/11/2021
Classrooms of Possibility, edited by Jennifer Hammond and Jennifer Miller, draws together work from researchers and educators who have focused on the needs and challenges of at-risk English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.

  

Transforming practice: Transforming lives through diverse children's literature

Posted on 4/11/2021
This critical text by Helen Adam explores the research and evidence-based best instructional practice to assist teachers to select and use literature with children as they implement the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework.

  

An EAL/D Handbook

Posted on 4/11/2021
In this book, edited by Helen Harper and Susan Feez, readers are invited into seven classrooms, where teachers share illustrations of practice designed to enable EAL/D learners to engage with curriculum.

  

Vygotsky and the Social Nature of Learning: A Brief Introduction

Posted on 10/10/2021
Delve into the key elements of Vygotsky's social nature of learning that most impact on teaching educationally marginalised students.

  

Video: Two Visiting Scientists Explain Pollination!

Posted on 7/09/2021
In this video, a Foundation-Year 1 teacher invites two students, posing as visiting scientists, to explain to the class how pollinators and plants help each other.

  

Video: Differentiated Writing

Posted on 7/09/2021
This video is an example of differentiated writing activities in a Foundation-Year 1 setting.

  

Video: Two Visiting Scientists Explain Pollination!

Posted on 7/09/2021
In this video, a Foundation-Year 1 teacher invites two students, posing as visiting scientists, to explain to the class how pollinators and plants help each other.

  

Video: Shared Pen: Jointly Constructed Writing - Group 2

Posted on 7/09/2021
In this video, a Foundation-Year 1 teacher is jointly constructing a group writing lesson and this is the second group to contribute to the class text.

  

Video: Shared Pen: Jointly Constructed Writing - Group 1

Posted on 7/09/2021
In this video, a Foundation-Year 1 teacher is jointly constructing a group writing lesson.

  

Video: Talking About the Needs of Living Things: Worms

Posted on 30/08/2021
In this video, a Foundation-Year 1 teacher is working with a group of students to understand how the needs of worms, as living things, are met.