Course Title: Support students' mathematics learning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: TCHE5888C

Course Title: Support students' mathematics learning

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4349 - Certificate IV in Education Support

Course Contact: Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 9183

Course Contact Email: soosan.kian@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Armen Dickranian armen.dickranian@rmit.edu.au 9925 9494

Soosan Kian soosan.kian@rmit.edu.au  9925 9183

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

Course Description

This unit focuses on the skills and knowledge required by education support workers to work with teachers to support students in pre-primary, primary and secondary to develop mathematics skills in number and algebra, measurements and geometry, and statistics and probability as included in current curriculum documents. It provides skills and knowledge to enable education support workers to work with the teacher to develop resources to reinforce mathematics skills for across the curriculum and to support students in their development of skills.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCEDS019 Support students' mathematics learning

Element:

1. Facilitate application of mathematics skills for numeracy

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify concept strands of mathematics included in current curriculum documents
1.2 Explore and explain a variety of numeracy demands and opportunities in daily life
1.3 Demonstrate the different functions of mathematics using activities and examples
1.4 Monitor students’ understanding and use of mathematics through observation, listening and conversation, and provide information to teachers to inform planning
1.5 Identify factors affecting acquisition of mathematics skills for numeracy and discuss with the teacher/s
 

Element:

2. Support students to develop mathematics skills for numerate understanding
 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine strategies for supporting students in the application of mathematics skills in consultation with the teacher/s
2.2 Implement planned strategies, including learning environments, activities and resources to enhance the abilities of students and address their individual needs
2.3 Encourage students to problem-solve using mathematics knowledge and skills in everyday life contexts
2.4 Use explicit talk to focus students on specific mathematics knowledge and skills

Element:

3. Enhance students’ mathematics knowledge and skills through structured activities
 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use accurate mathematics terminology and concepts, as planned with teacher/s, to support students’ learning
3.2 Encourage students to improve mental computation and calculation skills using strategies appropriate to students’ developmental levels
3.3 Ensure students check for reasonableness of solutions when calculating, using a range of strategies including estimating and technology
3.4 Encourage students and build their confidence to attempt problem-solving that requires the use of mathematics knowledge and skills
 


Learning Outcomes


This unit develops the skills and knowledge required by education support workers to work with teachers to support students in pre-primary, primary and secondary to develop mathematics skills in number and algebra, measurements and geometry, and statistics and probability as included in current curriculum documents. It develops skills and knowledge to enable education support workers to work with the teacher to develop resources to reinforce mathematics skills for across the curriculum and to support students in their development of skills.On successful completion of this unit, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.
 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in Education Support program. You will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of face to face teaching, Directed Study and you are expected to participate in professional placement. It is highly recommended that students attend at least 85% of class time as crucial learning activities, assessment task preparation some assessment tasks are completed in class. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. Directed Study is a very important part of your program. An outline of your Directed Study will be given by your teacher and is published in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.
The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities: 


  • Group discussion 

  • Research assignments

  • Guest speakers

  • Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios

  • Realistic simulations and role play
  • Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
  • Oral Presentations
  • Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency. 

  • Professional placement


Teaching Schedule

Program dates:
9 February - 19 June, 2015

Easter Break: 2 April - 7 April, 2015
Mid-semester break: 7 April - 10 April, 2015
Labour Day 9 March

This unit will be delivered weekly.  The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week. 

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.  Should the teaching schedule change students will be advised via blackboard.
Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

Week Elements

1

Positive memory of mathematics when in primary school
What is numeracy and how is it used in daily life?
 1
2Numerical systems
Open Ended Questions
Individual and small group numeracy activities
 1,3
3Fundamental functions of numeracy
Factors and prime numbers
 1,2
4

Focus on probability

Individual and small group numeracy activities
Assignment – reflect on benefits of maths activities

 2,3
5Emphasis on methodology
The importance of place value
 1
6

Focus on games
Problem solving review
Order of operations (BODMAS)

Individual and small group numeracy activities

 2,3
7Subtraction scenario
Game overview - Unders and Overs
 1,3
8Individual and small group numeracy activities
Assessment Task 1 - Order of Operations
 1,3
9Focus on directed numbers
Evaluation of selected games
 1,2,3
10

Theory vs Application - discussion
Directed numbers cont’d
Mid semester Progress interviews


Assessment task 3 (Week 10-16) Observation and Demonstration in workplacement

 1,2
11Introduction to fractions (addition and subtraction) 1
12Equivalent fractions
Multiplication and division of fractions
 1
13Conceptualising fractions with percentages and decimals
 
 2,3
14Comparing methods of long multiplication 1,3
15Problem solving strategies 2
16Problem solving cont’d

Individual and small group numeracy activities


Assessment task 2 - Calculations and Visual representations of fractions

 2
17Overview / Feedback for Assessment Task 2 2,3
18Review / Catch-up session 2,3

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Other Information


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT

There are no set texts in this course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:

• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Brunswick Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)
 


Overview of Assessment

This unit is part of an integrated program. You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:
• Oral or written questioning
• oral presentations
• Assignments and projects
• Direct observation of actual work practice
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Work-based activities
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1


Assessment Tasks

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

Assessment tasks

  • Assessment task 1 (Week 8) - Analysis of the Order of Operations
  • Assessment task 2 (Week 16) - Calculation and Visual representations of Fractions
  • Assessment task 3 (Week 10-16) Observation and Demonstration in workplacement

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:

CA – Competency achieved
NYC – Not Yet Competent
Please note:
Assessments tasks may include other Units of competency from the program.

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.
 


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available from the course contact person (stated above).
 

Other Information

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academicprogress

Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students will be asked to attend mid semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator.

Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information. www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagarism and and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity
 

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