Maths is everywhere, it is a skill that we need for life, yet it can be one of the most challenging subjects to teach in our classrooms.
I must admit, I have never quite understood why because I loved it as a subject throughout my entire schooling. The patterns, the challenges, the beauty of numbers…..but, this is not the case for everyone. It can be a conundrum of meaningless symbols and formulas that make no sense to our everyday lives…yet it is essential that we teach it as effectively as we can so that we can ignite a spark and a passion for numeracy.
From a teacher’s perspective, the challenge can often be simply breaking down the syllabus into all of the key learning strands and then attempting to cover them all effectively and meeting all of the descriptors in the syllabus documents…a daunting task at times.
The NESA document alone is over 528 pages to wade through, with support documents as well.
We are incredibly blessed that there are teachers who have worked in our classrooms and have decided to become author sellers. Thanks to these teachers, they have created resources that will make documentation, planning, programming and accountability all achievable.
The basis on any great maths programme
Hands on Learning
Active learning which involves hands on learning with your students is essential, it encourages creative and divergent thinking and helps children to develop and grow their conceptual understanding. Take away the notion of a right and a wrong answer, but encourage conversation around what the students are doing as they are manipulating environment and you will help to build key concepts. The area of measurement, working mathematically and patterns can be exciting times in the classroom. Collecting and collating real life data, can make for and engaging and relevant lesson for your students.
Assess and Teach
A core role of any teachers position is to constantly assess, monitor and measure the growth of their students in all subject areas.. It is this assessment that drives our teaching and guides our programming. It is essential to align our testing and feedback to the descriptors and “I CAN” statements that are in the curriculum. Resources like these are a teacher ’s dream!!
Use Real Life Examples
For Infants and primary students, what better and fun way to teach maths than through cooking (making sure that careful selection of all ingredients is chosen to take into consideration all students that have known allergies). Cooking includes all the senses, which makes it even more engaging. ANZAC day cookies is a prime example of a fun cooking session. Try this allergy free version on Kidspot.