Full course description
This course is delivered by the CSER STEM Professional Learning Group at The University of Adelaide as part of the national in Schools program.
What will you learn?
This course is designed to build teacher confidence and positive mindsets in teaching and numeracy. It provides a broad introduction and guides you through a range of activities suitable for the Year 3-6 classroom.
The course content is into a series of interconnected modules and is designed for a flexible approach to learning. The course includes the following modules:
- Core Module 1: Getting Started (An introduction to & numeracy and positive mindsets)
- Core Module 2: Practice and Pedagogies (A toolkit of approaches suitable for teaching )
- Core Module 3: Connecting with Community (Careers with and ways to connect to the lives of students through Rich Contexts)
- Strand Modules: Content in Action (select a minimum of two strands from Number, Algebra, Measurement, Space, Probability and Statistics)
The 3 core modules cover maths mindsets, highlight a range of evidence-based practices and pedagogies, demonstrate ways for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures within maths learning and explore careers and real-world applications of mathematics.
The strand modules unpack Number, Algebra, Measurement, Space, Probability and Statistics curriculum content and include activities designed to scaffold knowledge and understanding that can be applied through a range of investigations. You will have the option to focus on two or more strands of your choice.
The course includes a community space for sharing and finding ideas. The course is linked to the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, but activities can be within local state/territory curricula and initiatives.
By participating in this course, you will:
- Build your confidence and positive mindsets towards mathematics and numeracy.
- Understand key ideas and topics in and numeracy.
- Increase your awareness of connections and activities that embrace knowledges and cultures of First Nations Peoples of Australia.
- Explore examples of classroom activities and assessments.
- Learn about evidence-based practices to support education, including inclusive teaching.
- Be exposed to careers and real-world applications of mathematics.
- See the opportunities for cross-curriculum integration highlighted.
- Engage in active learning and reflection in professional practice.
This course is self-paced with a flexible start date and is open for completion within 6 months. The course can be completed independently or with a colleague. We recommend setting goals and planning which modules you will cover to support completion success. For example, one module per week or fortnight or plan to complete the course intensively over two days.
The online course will take approximately 12 hours and requires participants to contribute and share ideas and/or resources to the Community Hive. Upon completion of all course tasks, you will be able to download a certificate of completion.
The course addresses the following AITSL professional standards for teachers:
- Standard 1 - Know students and how they learn - 1.4, 1.5
- Standard 2 - Know the content and how to teach it - 2.1, 2.4, 2.5
- Standard 3 - Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning - 3.3, 3.4
- Standard 6 - Engage in professional learning - 6.2, 6.3
- Standard 7 - Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community - 7.4
Who should ?
This course is suitable for pre-service and in-service teachers.
School Leaders can use these courses to develop a whole school or jurisdiction approach to teaching and numeracy by building the capacity and mindsets of teaching staff.
Connect with a local Maths in Schools Project Officer to support you with implementation.
This course is free for Educators.