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Types of assessment

The teacher leads a discussion with graduate teachers of assessment strategies and ways to move from theoretical knowledge to practical application in the classroom. The group discusses diagnostic, formative and summative assessment and talks about ways to distinguish between each approach.

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Moderating student work

Here a Year 1 teacher works with a colleague to analyse a sample of student work. The teachers identify the strengths and areas for improvement in writing and set learning foci and instructional teaching strategies for future learning.

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Linking school targets to classroom practice

This teacher resource describes a successful whole-school approach by Rosemeadow Public School in New South Wales to enhance the reading and comprehension skills of years 3-6 students. Assessment for learning was used to identify desired results, develop whole-school targets, devise a reading and comprehension rubric, adjust ...

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Changing the culture: a numeracy tutorial program

This teacher resource describes strategies used to improve numeracy outcomes for Foundation to year 6 students at Carey Baptist College, Perth. The strategies include a numeracy assessment tool developed by a maths curriculum coordinator to identify students who needed to improve their understanding of measurement and number. ...

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Making a positive difference in numeracy

This teacher resource describes strategies used in a whole-school initiative to improve numeracy outcomes in Two Wells Primary School, South Australia. Strategies include: using a numeracy coach to help implement the Big Ideas in Number program (Siemon 2006); using diagnostic tools to identify students needing numeracy ...

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Numeracy improvement at Wallaroo Mines Primary School

This teacher resource describes strategies used in a whole-school initiative to improve numeracy outcomes in Wallaroo Mines Primary School, South Australia. The school used a coaching strategy - along with the Big Ideas in Number strategy (Siemon 2006). The strategies included diagnostic tools, teacher professional learning, ...

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The Hume Region Numeracy Strategy at Seymour College

This teacher resource describes strategies used to improve number fluency for Foundation to year 6 students at Seymour College, Victoria, using an approach based on the Hume Region Numeracy Strategy 2008-09. The strategies include collecting data using the Hume Numeracy Assessment Tool along with individual interviews, ...

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Using visual tools to assist low achievers with mental computation

This teacher resource describes a case study investigating the use of visual tools to enhance mental computation by year 4 students who achieved poor results on the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) numeracy test, at St Monica's Primary School, Canberra. The method section describes the use of ...

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Aboriginal Independent Community Schools Numeracy Strategy

This teacher resource describes a strategy to improve the numeracy levels of low-achieving Aboriginal students in 12 remote Aboriginal Independent Community Schools (AICS) in Western Australia. The method section describes the development of an online portal; professional development for teachers, principals and Aboriginal ...

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Bridging the Numeracy Gap

This teacher resource describes the Bridging the Numeracy Gap strategy, which aimed to build teacher capacity and accelerate learning for mathematically vulnerable students in low socioeconomic status and Aboriginal communities in Victoria and Western Australia. Actions included: implementing a research-based intervention ...

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Coaching and whole-school commitment improve numeracy outcomes

This teacher resource describes whole-school strategies to improve numeracy outcomes at Moana Primary School in South Australia. Strategies included appointing a full-time numeracy coach to act as coordinator and form collaborative partnerships with teachers; using diagnostic testing to inform programming; and developing ...

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Primary Mathematics Specialists initiative

This is a teacher resource describing a strategy to train 81 teachers as primary mathematics specialists (PMS) to improve numeracy standards in 27 primary schools in Victoria identified as having significant numbers of students performing below the state average. It includes a method section that explains the basis for ...

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Taking Off With Numeracy

This teacher resource describes a numeracy intervention strategy for primary students identified as underperforming in mathematics in New South Wales. The Taking Off With Numeracy (TOWN) strategy focuses on professional learning to enhance teachers' knowledge and skills. Teachers are supported to assess each student's numeracy ...

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Targeted Early Numeracy

This teacher resource describes a New South Wales strategy to support early years teachers in improving numeracy outcomes for Foundation to year 2 students likely to perform at or below the national minimum standard in numeracy in year 3. The intervention program involved professional learning for Targeted Early Numeracy ...

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Coaching Initiatives

This teacher resource describes the success and wider applicability of coaching strategies implemented in government primary and secondary schools in Victoria. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Next steps; Lessons learned; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts, ...

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Web-based literacy intervention for struggling readers

This teacher resource describes the Academy of READING online strategy implemented at Palmyra Primary School in Western Australia to help years 2 and 3 students who were making little progress in reading. The resource is organised in eight sections: Summary, Target student group, Method, Results, Lessons learned, Research ...

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Top drawer teachers: fractions

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of the conceptual understanding of fractions through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind fractions, while the second section uses research findings to identify some common misunderstandings when learning fractions. The third explores ...

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Top drawer teachers: mental computation

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of strategies for mental computation through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind mental computation, and the second section uses research findings to identify some common learning issues when becoming fluent in mental computation. ...

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Top drawer teachers: patterns

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of finding, explaining and linking patterns through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind patterns, while the second section uses research findings to identify some common stumbling blocks when learning about patterns. The third ...

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Top drawer teachers: reasoning

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of the ‘Reasoning’ proficiency and its integration into the mathematics curriculum through links to five sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind reasoning and shows how reasoning can be developed in even very young students. The second section ...