Designing quality lessons

Course code: NRG15258

Course description and enrolment

From behaviour management to the learning strategies we use, what goes on inside our classroom goes a long way to improving student outcomes. However, researchers have found that high gain teachers shift much of the work of teaching outside the classroom. That is before they teach, they plan. This course seeks to improve your impact on student progress by taking you through the practical steps needed to create a quality lesson.

Once you have completed the course, in line with the course conditions specified, your NESA Professional Development hours will be automatically transferred to your NESA record.

Learning outcomes

You will learn to:

  • use the NSW Quality Teaching model to guide the design of lessons and assessments
  • use different lesson structures to achieve different educational purposes
  • make learning explicit using learning intentions, success criteria and rubrics
  • space practice within lessons by chunking the central idea
  • use questioning, multi-student response systems and peer assessment to inform you of what your students need to learn next
  • provide quality feedback to move student learning forward.

Teaching practices

The following teaching practices are addressed in this course:

  • using effective teaching strategies
  • assessing learning and giving feedback
  • planning, structuring and sequencing lessons
  • evaluate teaching and learning.

Supervisor support notes

Supervisors should review the supervisor notes for Designing quality lessons.

Standard descriptors addressed: 2.2.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 4.1.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.4.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2


  • Human resources
  • Teaching and learning


  • Effective classroom practice
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning
  • Professional standards
  • Teacher accreditation
  • Teaching
  • Teaching effectiveness

Business Unit:

  • People Culture and Capability
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