This subject builds on ES611 Primary Mathematics and focuses on developing expert content knowledge in Mathematics as well as pedagogical content knowledge, and the integration of these for developing highly effective teaching strategies relevant to teaching Mathematics.
Current developments in understanding factors impacting upon the teaching of Mathematics and numeracy (such as diverse learning needs including gifted and talented students, whole school mathematics and numeracy programs) will be critically analysed. The unit also covers the impacts of integrating ICT into mathematics and numeracy programs to advance students’ numeracy proficiencies.
The unit enables students to extend their knowledge and skills in the teaching of mathematics and numeracy for the primary years. It develops understanding of assessment and data-analysis for identifying the learning needs of students, including those with additional needs and gifted students. The unit examines current developments for advancing and integrating numeracy in Mathematics and across the curriculum. The unit will engage with educational theory to advance knowledge and skills in developing curriculum, and planning learning experiences and assessment strategies for students with diverse needs in order to improve numeracy proficiencies through the Mathematics discipline as well as across all curriculum areas.
The professional experience component of this unit entails attending a placement school (primary or secondary respective of the course being completed) for a block of 10 consecutive days in the same school attended for ED733. Under the supervision of an experienced teacher you will apply and develop your teaching practices, teaching whole classes for whole lessons up to a half-day load as negotiated with your supervising teacher based on your progress and performance. You will continue to focus on learning through regularly observing and reflecting on experienced teachers’ practices.
You will attend a preparation class prior to the professional experience placement and a debrief class after its completion. During the placement, your supervising teacher will provide you with advice, support and feedback to support your progress and improve your practices, and will assess your teaching against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level. You are required to incorporate digital technologies into your teaching, learning, preparation and assessment practices displaying improving personal proficiency. As you progress through the Professional Experience, you are expected to demonstrate increasing competence and professional growth and become well immersed in school life.
* Core elements of mathematical knowledge and competency
* Educational theory and pedagogies for teaching Mathematics
* Policy documents and school processes for advancing numeracy learning and teaching in the classroom.
* Research-based highly effective teaching strategies in Mathematics
* Biblical worldview in the Mathematics classroom
* Factors impacting upon the teaching of mathematics and numeracy, applying a Christian perspective
* Analysis and evaluation of numeracy programs
* Analysing student data to identify numeracy proficiencies and learning needs (e.g. PAT, Essential Assessment, NAPLAN data)
* Differentiating teaching and supporting students with additional needs in mathematics and numeracy learning
* Analysing programs and strategies to challenge and engage gifted students in Mathematics
* Preparing for Professional Experience in school
* Reflecting and debriefing on your professional experience in school