Highlight, discuss and reflect on the mathematics curriculum,
the organisation of learning, and the implications for you as a
future teacher. Support your ideas with literature.
As a pre-service teacher, it is important to focus on good teachers and the
attributes they have to present content in their mathematics classrooms.
It is crucial for teachers to have the correct tools and experience to teach our
students mathematics in accordance with the curriculum.
There is a variety of pedagogical approaches in the 21st
century for teachers to apply to enhance mathematics in the classroom.
Standardised testing result in students struggling to apply mathematics
in novel situations and difficulties in making connections within and across
mathematics topics (Attard, 2020). Adapting inquiry and project-based
learning allows teachers to be collaborative, adaptable and flexible which
allows room to implement the mathematics curriculum effectively in the
classroom (Sullivan, 2011).
The mathematics curriculum has two specific areas: mathematical processes
and mathematical content (NESA, 2017). To teach our students these areas
effectively we need to apply problem-based approaches which are supported
by inquiry and project-based learning (Borko, Jacobs & Koellner, 2010).
Using the help of ICT and concrete materials, students are able to apply
mathematics concepts to real-life situations.
Being taught in a rote-learning way, I feel I learnt mathematics in an
isolated way wherein which I only learnt separate mathematics concepts when
I needed to pass exams or assessments. It was never implemented in a way
to showcase the ways the concepts could be applied to real-life, hands-on
situations. In future, I strive to allow students to put mathematical concepts
into practice in the present and further in the future; while also removing
a negative stigma on the subject.
Attard, C. (2020). Mathematics education in Australia: New decade, new
opportunities? [Blog]. Retrieved from
Borko H, Jacobs J and Koellner K (2010), Contemporary Approaches to
Teacher Professional Development. In: Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry
McGaw, (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education. volume 7, pp.
548- 556. Oxford: Elsevier.
NSW Education Standards Authority. (2017). Mathematics syllabus.
Sullivan, P. (2011). Teaching Mathematics: Using research-informed
strategies. Australian Education Review, 59, 32-55.