This first extension unit of study aims to develop further knowledge and understanding of key issues associated with teaching and learning mathematics from Kindergarten to Year 12. By visiting primary school classrooms, student teachers will begin to build knowledge and understanding of the types of learning environments typically used in primary school settings to develop knowledge of mathematics. In particular, student teachers will focus on the teaching strategies typically used in mixed ability settings to cater for the full range of student learning needs and explore programs and practices for addressing the particular needs of students with specific learning needs in primary schools and early secondary mathematics classrooms. Issues associated with transition from primary school to secondary school will be explored in detail with opportunities to examine programs established to support transition and build mathematics knowledge. Different approaches to arranging the school curriculum will be considered including middle school programs and semesterised courses with multi-stage classes. In addition, offering elective courses in mathematics will be considered through examples of each of these approaches in practice. Brain-based research into gender differences in adolescence will be explored with implications for practice in mathematics classrooms.
1x4-hrs/wk for 8 wks
4000wd resource folder (60%) and 2000wd assignment (40%)