INTRODUCTIONResearch by Nuthall, 2005, shows half (andperhaps more) of all material taught in any classis already known by the students.(Nuthall, The cultural myths and realities of classroom teachingand learning: a personal journey? in Teachers CollegeRecord, 107 (5), 902-903)Pre-test activity…
What is the Australian Curriculum?LEARNING AREAS/ SUBJECTDISCIPLINESGENERAL CAPABILITIESCROSS-CURRICULUMPRIORITIESo Englisho Mathematicso Scienceo Health and physicaleducationo Languageso Humanities and socialsciences(History, Geography, Civicsand citizenship, Businessand economics)o The Artso Technologies (Design andDigital technologies)o Critical and creativethinkingo Personal and socialcapabilityo Interculturalunderstandingo Ethical behaviouro Literacyo Numeracyo ICTo Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander historiesand cultureso Asia and Australia’sengagement with Asiao Sustainability
Introducing AusVELS – Excellent source of informationhttp://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/foundation10/curriculum/intro.html
There are three content strands. They are:*Number and Algebra*Measurement and Geometry*Statistics and Probability.They describe what is to be taught and learnt.
*The proficiency strands are:Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning.*They describe HOW content is explored or developed, that is,the thinking and doing of mathematics.*They provide the language to build in the developmentalaspects of the learning of mathematics and have beenincorporated into the content descriptions of the three contentstrands.*The proficiency strands describe the actions in which studentscan engage when learning and using the content.
Can you place thecontent descriptorsof Number andPlace Value into theappropriate levels?
1. How knowledgeable are you in regards to AusVELS?2. What obvious changes did you identify when looking atthe Number and Place Value scope and sequence?3. How do you feel about these changes?4. What are the implications to our teaching?5. What may be a goal for you in preparation for theimplementation of AusVELS in 2013?
Aligned Australian Curriculum Resources(Mathematics) can be accessed directly throughScootle(www.scootle.edu.au/ec/curriculum?learningarea=%22Mathematics%22&menu=3).Scootle is an online repository, managed by EducationServices Australia (ESA). Currently it has over 10,000digital resources, with a range of these resourcesbeing progressively aligned to the relevant learningarea of the Australian Curriculum.