Pauline Knowles

Through facilitated planning, all communities have been using data to target learning to individual learners. Most communities are sharing their students in focus groups so that all students can have their Mathematical learning needs catered for. Whilst teachers are holding focus groups, rovers supervise those students who are not in a focus group. The activities completed by those not in a group vary from community to community. 
In the Fitzroy community, students are developing colour, shape and number patterns that repeat  to later move into growing patterns. These activities encompass a variety of skills, including:
    • sorting , counting and making collections using concrete materials through story telling. For example, I was at Jack's farm on the weekend and there was a lot of fruit on his fruit trees. There were lemons, apricots and plums. I picked 12 pieces of fruit. What might they be?
  • copy, continue and create repeating patterns. Students enter to an open ended question like, 'I was in the city and saw a pattern with 3 colours. What might the pattern have looked like?'
  • tell, model, screen (hide) and record (a skill students need to assist with concepts like trusting the count, visualising and making generalisations).
Mackillop are using real-life storytelling to use pattern to create a quilt. This rich learning allows students to transfer knowledge from what they know about numbers, operations, pattern, shapes and measurement. Most importantly, it has facilitated engagement through personal connections to their learning. 
Tenison Woods are planning a party for friends and family. This activity asks students to transfer their understandings to solve a problem using the four operations, area and perimeter (room set up and decorations), division with fractions in the catering of the party, surveying preferential party food, music, activities etc and budgeting. 
In Penola, students are completing an investigation where they have been asked to design a leisure centre for Point Cook. This investigation requires students to fluently use and transfer their skills to find a possible solution to this real problem. This investigation they will use the four operations, measuring, budgeting, measuring and creating angles, use nets to create a 3D 'Artists Impression' of their leisure centre. As well as think like a civil engineer, in terms of the need for amenities such as change rooms to meet all demographics, car parking, ventilation etc.
All of these investigations allow students to problem solve real-life events to develop their Mathematics skills in an engaging manner. If you would like to hear and experience more about how we are delivering our Mathematics learning, we invite you to come spend an evening with Michael Ymer on Thursday 22nd March at 7:00pm.