Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject provides an orientation to teaching mathematics in Victorian primary schools. Teacher Candidates will develop pedagogical content knowledge for the effective teaching and learning of the following mathematics strands from Prep to Year 6:
- Content Strand: Number and Algebra
- Proficiencies: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, Reasoning.
Within this content strand, Teacher Candidates will analyse the development of key concepts in primary mathematics and identify critical progression points for children’s learning. They will consider typical conceptions and misconceptions held by children, their likely causes, diagnostic tools to diagnose them and teaching strategies for changing them.
Teacher Candidates will be introduced to assessment schemes for children’s understanding (e.g., Mathematics Online Interview) to improve school students’ learning in the content strand Number and Algebra. The four proficiencies will be introduced and Teacher Candidates will identify the advantages and limitations of particular assessment items for monitoring children’s understanding.
Teacher Candidates will consider Victorian and Australian curriculum documents and resources, lesson planning, classroom assessment and effective use of resources.
Teacher Candidates will consider important pedagogical issues such as: questioning, selection of good examples, representations and models of mathematical ideas. By widening their appreciation of exemplary mathematics teaching, Teacher Candidates are expected to develop reflective mathematics teaching practices.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, with respect to the strands above, Teacher Candidates will be able to:
Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Demonstrate mastery of the topics and their everyday applications which are relevant to primary teaching or are necessary to be personally numerate (Graduate Standards 2.1, 2.5)
- Demonstrate an understanding of how children construct mathematical knowledge (Graduate Standards 1.2, 1.5, 3.1, 5.1, 5.4)
- Demonstrate knowledge of a range of classroom teaching techniques and resources, including ICT (Graduate Standards 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1)
- Demonstrate an ability to develop teaching activities and relate them to learning outcomes (Graduate Standards 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1)
- Analyse assessment data and evidence to make sound clinical judgments about teaching interventions and reflect on the impact of teaching on learning outcomes. (Graduate Standards 2.3, 2.5, 5.1 5.4)
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 24 December 2019