Getting Indigenous Student Ready for
Mathematics Classes
Monash University and Healesville Primary School
Program rationale
 Some students are too far behind for the teacher to catch
them up
 Classrooms are complex and the cog...
Program Goal
 The Getting Ready In Numeracy (GRIN) program aims to
prepare students for their next mathematics class
The program
 A tutor works with a small group of students prior to their
class to prepare them for their subsequent mathe...
The Intervention
 In the 15 minute intervention the tutor:
 Recaps the previous lesson
 Isolates the key language and r...
GRIN and Make It Count
 As part of the Make It Count initiative the Healesville
Cluster implemented the GRIN program
The Healesville context
 60km North-East of Melbourne
 Population 7,000
 10% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
 Saw...
GRIN in the Healesville Cluster
 Two primary schools: Badger Creek and Healesville
 Small groups of 2-3 students
 2-3 g...
GRIN in the Healesville Cluster
 Induction for teachers and tutors
 Teacher meets with tutor weekly to provide a
plan, s...
Responses from teachers
 Teachers noted benefits for the
participation of students, their
confidence and their engagement...
Responses from tutors
‘It’s like the children get a sneak
preview of each day’s maths activity …I
just think it’s great th...
Some quantitative data
 NAPLAN 2012
 Two students sat the NAPLAN exam
 Both students performed below the state average ...
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  1. 1. Getting Indigenous Student Ready for Mathematics Classes Monash University and Healesville Primary School
  2. 2. Program rationale  Some students are too far behind for the teacher to catch them up  Classrooms are complex and the cognitive load is usually too much for students who are behind to know what to focus on  Classrooms are social spaces and students want to feel that they can cope  Performance avoidanceand other issues prevent students from contributing to class discussions
  3. 3. Program Goal  The Getting Ready In Numeracy (GRIN) program aims to prepare students for their next mathematics class
  4. 4. The program  A tutor works with a small group of students prior to their class to prepare them for their subsequent mathematics classroom experiences
  5. 5. The Intervention  In the 15 minute intervention the tutor:  Recaps the previous lesson  Isolates the key language and resources for the upcoming mathematics lesson  Promotes positive student behavior for the mathematics classroom  Does NOT teach the lesson content
  6. 6. GRIN and Make It Count  As part of the Make It Count initiative the Healesville Cluster implemented the GRIN program
  7. 7. The Healesville context  60km North-East of Melbourne  Population 7,000  10% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander  Sawmilling, tourism and viticulture  Mixed socio-economic area  Home of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Mission 1863-1924
  8. 8. GRIN in the Healesville Cluster  Two primary schools: Badger Creek and Healesville  Small groups of 2-3 students  2-3 groups at each school  Tutors are existing Teacher’s Aides and members of the community  Groups consist of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students  Grades 1,2 and 3
  9. 9. GRIN in the Healesville Cluster  Induction for teachers and tutors  Teacher meets with tutor weekly to provide a plan, supported by daily interactions  Students meet with the tutor 4-5 times per week, usually in the morning for 15 minutes
  10. 10. Responses from teachers  Teachers noted benefits for the participation of students, their confidence and their engagement: ‘…with the GRIN…it allows him to take it slower and he can actually concentrate more and hear what's being said. So, in class, instead of shutting down … because he just misses it, he's able to participate.’  Teachers even commented on ways that the program assists them to direct their own teaching. Because they feel accountable to the tutor.
  11. 11. Responses from tutors ‘It’s like the children get a sneak preview of each day’s maths activity …I just think it’s great that the kids have the opportunity in the G.R.I.N. program to actually meet all the maths they were doing in the classroom, because the more one to one and the more opportunities to explore those maths concepts the better chance they have of gaining those essential skills’ Tutors commented on the importance of relationship building and how they felt GRIN supported students:
  12. 12. Some quantitative data  NAPLAN 2012  Two students sat the NAPLAN exam  Both students performed below the state average in the literacy areas  One student performed at state level for Numeracy Her teacher commented: ‘…she is doing well on all of her maths topics tests. She really benefits from a bit of extra help. It just shows that this type of tutoring really works for her.’

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