Week 1

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.


References

Attard, C. (2020). Mathematics education in Australia: New decade, new

opportunities? [Blog]. Retrieved from

https://engagingmaths.com/2020/01/21/mathematics-education-in-australia-new-decade-new-opportunities/

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.

https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/mathematics/mathematics-k-10

Sullivan, P. (2011). Teaching Mathematics: Using research-informed

strategies. Australian Education Review, 59, 32-55.

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