Teacher guide Representations of Oral Language and Engagement in Mathematics

TLF ID S7057

This is a teacher resource describing a strategy to support teachers of early years mathematics to improve their pedagogical content knowledge in order to improve outcomes for students, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ESL (English as a second language) students and those in low socioeconomic status (SES) circumstances. It explains that the RoleM strategy supports teachers through the provision of developmental learning activities, hands-on resources and digital resources, allowing students to explore mathematical concepts using a variety of learning modes. The resource describes the positive results achieved by the strategy including improved student results and teacher confidence. It discusses lessons learned, the next steps, the research base and provides references to relevant readings.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource may be useful in supporting the mathematics learning area. The resource describes a strategy that was found to improve student numeracy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ESL students. The strategy includes resources that enable students to investigate the 'big ideas' of mathematics using a variety of learning modes and to learn new language in conjunction with new mathematical concepts. The resource emphasises the need for collaboration between teachers and Teacher Assistants and Indigenous Education Officers.
  • This resource might assist teachers in addressing many aspects of the Numeracy general capability. It is particularly useful in outlining the strategies based on research findings that have been found to support learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ESL students. It also emphasises the importance of oral language and the need to teach it explicitly during mathematics activities. It provides references and links to further readings relevant to early years numeracy, including readings focusing on Aboriginal students.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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