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Inside Teaching : August 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT 37 Universal Italian Restaurant School Group Dinning Located on Lygon Street, Carlton VIC. Walking distance to IMAX Theater, Piazza Italia, Sky Deck, Melbourne Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol & Public Transport. Serving school groups for over 30 years. www.universalrestaurant.com.au • Pizza • Pasta • Drinks • Ice Cream Years 1-9 only $10 Years 10-12 only $12 If the latter, teachers and school leaders need to be aware that they are seriously at risk of not giving their students access to numeracy attainment. We can’t assume that students will make the connections between methods and procedures and the conceptual understandings needed for deep learning just because that they’ve been taught the methods and procedures for fnding answers. Your individual refection and collaborative discussion is very useful in helping you to understand where your students are going wrong. The most challenging thing, of course, is how to help your students to catch up, especially since many of them got left behind in these understandings many years ago. As a secondary teacher with 20 years’ experience, I’ve learned that you can’t simply re-teach these concepts using methods that worked in primary school. What’s needed are approaches that: • use students who already have these understandings as peer tutors for those who don’t • re-teach these understandings in contexts that are meaningful and relevant, such as sport, social justice and hands-on training contexts, and • work with teachers of other subject areas to use their contexts for purposeful re- teaching at need-to-know points. If targeted re-teaching and remediation doesn’t occur, the risks are that students simply get further behind, disengage and leave school with insuffcient qualifcations. It’s the work of all primary years teachers, middle years teachers and senior years teachers to be teachers of numeracy. ■ Dr thelma Perso is Executive Director Literacy and Numeracy in the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training. She will be speaking at the 5th International Middle Years of Schooling Conference, ‘Our worlds: Connecting in the middle,’ hosted by the South Australian Postgraduate Medical Education Association at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 6 September. LINKS http://sapmea.asn.au/ conventions/middleschool2010/ National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy tests for 2008, 2009 and 2010 are available at www.naplan.edu.au/ tests/tests_landing_page.html REFERENCES Council of Australian Governments (COAG). (2008). National Numeracy Review Report. Available at www.coag. gov.au/reports/docs/national_ numeracy_review.pdf