ACSA Webinars

Kathryn Salkeld, Teaching Educator, Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta, NSW, Australia and Lyndall Conely, St Oliver's Harris Park, NSW, Australia

Student-Centered Structured Inquiry in Mathematics-a teacher's perspective

Tuesday 10 May 2022 7-8pm AEST


  Kathryn Salkeld                                     Lyndall Conely     

Current research illustrates that students learn more effectively when they engage with appropriately challenging mathematical tasks before teacher instruction. Student-centred structured inquiry in Mathematics allows students to take control of their learning. With teachers walking alongside all students, ready to guide them at key points within the lesson, they are able to elicit deep mathematical understanding.

Over the past 2 ˝  years, St Oliver's Harris Park has participated in professional learning, led by academic researchers, Teaching Educators and the school's Numeracy Lead Teacher. This learning has been centred on providing  sequences of  lessons that foster persistence and challenge, with a specific focus on grades K-2. By using the instructional model of Anticipate, Launch, Explore and Summarise/Review, teachers implemented sequences of lessons to deeply underpin key mathematical  concepts.

"Within a maths lesson, students are allowed sustained thinking, decision making, and some risk taking, with teacher guided reflection pivotal to the cycle of learning." (Sullivan et al.)

This webinar will unpack the effect this professional learning has had on teachers' pedagogical content knowledge and mathematical content knowledge. It will focus on the impact of student learning and the improvement in whole school mathematics data. We will also explore the "where to next" for whole school professional learning.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
6.2.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.For teachers to engage in professional learning and research for teaching mathematics in the early years of schooling.

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