personal and social capability

Personal and Social Capability ACARA

What great teachers do differently


In less than two minutes Todd Whitaker spells out some very effective ploys and characteristics of successful teachers. They care and they want to make a difference. This is where I have found the Personal and Social Capability in our new curriculum to be effective. I have unpacked and used the personal capability with my year 8 class and all I can say is it has made a real difference. My relationships with those students are easy and positive because of it and I have a positive framework to refer to. On Monday I am all set to unpack the social capability with them and my belief is it will be easier and more straight forward than the personal capability. I know next year I shall be using this with all my classes. It just makes the conversations easier , more direct and then very productive. You don’t get caught up in a game. You can see your way through the reactive responses and steer everything quickly onto firmer ground.


Author: CathyW

Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

2 thoughts on “What great teachers do differently

  1. Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts have been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

    • I am no longer a practising teacher and so there is no current classroom material to draw on. I created this blog as part of my own professional development and because I was part of a team which was working on Personal and Social capability in the school at the time. I have left the blog here because ti is still well used and consulted. Whenever I see anything relevant I will put it up but , by now, we should have the national curriculum requirements under our belt. Thank you for your honest comments. Much appreciated.

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