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.
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?Go to article
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.