Mathematics is beautiful! Mathematics is far more than textbook exercises. These are important – they give us the tools of the trade, the techniques for doing mathematics but mathematics is much more than that. Learners need to have opportunities to engage in the richness of mathematics through a broad study of the discipline and opportunities to solve problems.
Mathematics underpins numeracy. Numeracy is about using mathematics. This implies you must know mathematics before you can use it. The use must also be effective. Numeracy is also much more than number work. It includes geometry, statistics, algebra, indeed, the more mathematics you know and are able to call on in whatever situation, the more numerate you will be.
Senior Lecturer, Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, ACU
Students at St Vincent’s are motivated to develop ongoing skills and a life-long passion for numeracy. This is achieved through:
- The use of worthy mathematical experiences to enable students to investigate concepts
- Providing students with opportunities to consolidate their skills and understanding through practice
- A 60 minute Numeracy Block which is incorporated into classrooms timetables daily
- Encouraging students to discuss and communicate mathematical ideas and concepts
- Using assessment to guide teaching.
- Understanding that evidence of learning is what students MAKE, SAY, DO and WRITE. As this is true accountability of learning.
- Having a deep knowledge of the Mathematics Curriculum and deep understanding of mathematical concepts, skills, language and symbols
- Familiarity with contemporary research and evidence-based programs and strategies
- Using a range of strategies to provide a balanced learning and assessment program.
- Creating tasks that have multiple entry and exit points and understand that students will enter the task at different points.
- Using wait time to allow all students to think before answering.
Ultimately, we aim to nurture children who, as adults, will still love maths.