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Teaching and learning

Urangan State High School has a strong focus on ensuring a guaranteed curriculum and high quality teaching in every classroom. To enable this to occur, we have adopted a research based pedagogical framework that aligns with the Department of Education, Training and Employment Strategic Plan 2013-2014, Engaging Minds, Empowering Futures.
The impact of quality teaching and the evidence that research-validated pedagogy – implemented with consistency across a school setting and supported by instructional leadership – improves student performance and develops successful learners.
At Urangan State High School our pedagogical framework is Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching.  The ASoT framework provides a common language for the USHS school community to discuss effective teaching and learning and provides a consistent whole-school pedagogical practice.  It provides processes for professional learning for teachers and procedures to monitor and increase the sustained impact of the practices on every day teaching.
Every USHS teacher participates in a classroom observation twice yearly and has regular meetings with their mentor to reflect on their teaching practices and observations. 
The Art and Science of Teaching is organised in the form of 10 design questions.  These are:
DQ1 What will I do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress, and celebrate success?
DQ2 What will I do to help students effectively interact with new knowledge?
DQ3 What will I do to help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge?
DQ4 What will I do to help students generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge?
DQ5 What will I do to engage students?
DQ6 What will I do to establish or maintain classroom rules and procedures?
DQ7 What will I do to recognise and acknowledge adherence and lack of adherence to classroom rules and procedures?
DQ8 What will I do to establish and maintain effective relationships with students?
DQ9 What will I do to communicate high expectations for all students?
DQ10 What will I do to develop effective lessons organised into a cohesive unit?
For more information about the design questions or our pedagogical framework see related links on the right.