UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5505 Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Upper Primary

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit models and promotes the active teaching and learning of mathematics in middle and upper primary school. Students explore current evidence based practices for promoting understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning in teaching and learning, set within the content strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Students continue to develop and share a portfolio of teaching and learning strategies that actively engage students in working mathematically, and that develop the general capabilities and address the cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum. Students apply their knowledge and skills to prepare a unit of work/program for teaching a mathematics topic or theme in the middle and upper primary years.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of how primary students learn mathematical concepts and skills; (2) develop a rationale for teaching middle and upper primary mathematics; (3) apply sound content and pedagogical knowledge and appropriate curriculum, syllabus and support documents to develop a mathematics unit of work/program that promotes learning in the middle and upper primary years; (4) differentiate the curriculum, in lesson plans and programs, to address the mathematical learning needs of students with a wide range of abilities and from a wide range of social and cultural contexts; (5) demonstrate understanding of using differentiated resources for diverse learning needs; (6) incorporate mathematical literacy, cross learning area numeracy, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and assistive technologies in lesson plans and programs; and (7) implement a range of processes and strategies to assess and evaluate student learning, program effectiveness and teaching performance, including diagnostic and dynamic assessments and the provision of feedback.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) workshop and online participation, presentation and professional practice; (2) lesson sequence; and (3) individual teaching plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the workshop and online participation, presentation and professional practice, lesson sequence, and individual teaching plan components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Peter Merrotsy
Contact hours 30 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5505/SEM-2/2017

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