Read about a range of topics for Australian Foundation to Year 10 teachers of mathematics. Engage with topics including planning, pedagogies, teaching strategies and approaches.

Open questions – providing opportunities for success

Successfully answering a question or solving a problem provides a sense of achievement, strengthens confidence and increases openness to tackling other questions or problems. Including open questions in your teaching provides an opportunity to enhance feelings of success and achievement for all learners.

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Why lesson planning is important for student success

Lesson sequences are a series of related lesson plans that connect the content descriptions and achievement standards of the strands with the proficiencies and the mathematical processes, aligning curriculum with pedagogy and assessment.

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Explicit teaching in mathematics: Effective assessment

Assessment is key to planning. Knowing where your students are at allows you to plan for their next steps and build on their existing maths knowledge and skills. But what is the most effective form of assessment? And what assessment practices best fit with explicit teaching?

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Delivering specific and actionable feedback in mathematics education

Giving and receiving effective feedback is a pivotal tool across all levels of education and teaching. In mathematics education, constructive feedback enhances students’ understanding, builds their mathematical skills, and helps to foster a deeper connection between educators and their students.

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Explicit modelling of reasoning and processes behind actions

In teaching mathematics, the challenge often lies in making abstract concepts and problem-solving strategies explicit to students. Students often struggle to grasp the underlying reasoning and processes that drive mathematics.

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Dialogic teaching

Dialogue is a key part of all lively classrooms, but how do we ensure this dialogue is effective? How do we give students the tools they need to discuss mathematical ideas? What are the components of effective classroom dialogue? Let’s take a look at dialogic teaching and explore how it can encourage deeper mathematical learning.

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Student learning needs

Catering for students’ learning needs is something we all aim to do. But it can be challenging. Is it just about differentiation? What is the best way to differentiate? How do we put it into practice? Let’s explore some ideas, strategies and tips.

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Purposeful planning

Planning is a key ingredient for effective teaching. But why is it so important? What is ‘good’ planning? How do we make our planning purposeful and focused? Let’s delve further into planning, and what it encompasses.

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Components of explicit teaching

There is an evidence base that can guide teachers to implement effective mathematics lessons. To begin with, we need to know what to teach and how best to teach it. The how part is often the most challenging.

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