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The AICS Numeracy Strategy began as the Resilient Professional Numeracy Network in the Kimberley Schools in 2008. This grew out of a genuine desire from AIC schools for greater curriculum support in numeracy, following on from the success that literacy support has generated since 2001. Funded by the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM), the Resilient Professional Numeracy Network covered the 6 Kimberley AIC Schools, who also contributed their DEEWR funded Targeted Programs - Numeracy money, in order to run the project for one year with a full time Broome based consultant.
The major outcome of this project, was the rich mathematical conversations that took place in the AIC schools. Teachers, AEWs and principals discussed the maths that students needed, and this resulted in more focussed and explicit numeracy teaching.
AICS Numeracy Strategy 2012
The AICS Support Unit managed the funds received by the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia over 2009-2011. The Agreement requires the Final Progress Report to demonstrate progress against Project Outcomes described at Item C.3.1. This report will meet this requirement.
The schools involved in the Numeracy Strategy were: Kulkarriya Community School, Yakanarra Community School, Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, Wulungarra Community School, Nyikina Mangala Community School, Purnululu Aboriginal Independent Community School, Strelley Community School, Rawa Community School, Kunawarrijti (Campus of Rawa), Karalundi Aboriginal Education Community, Culunga Community School, Coolgardie Christian Aboriginal Parents Directed School (CAPS), Kurrawang CAPS, Wongutha CAPS. These schools are found in remote or very remote locations around the state of Western Australia.
Students attending the AIC Schools of WA can be categorised as those “most in need” in the Australian independent school landscape. They share four common sources of educational disadvantage:
- lack of English language proficiency;
- low socio economic status.
Nature of the Project
The AICS Numeracy Strategy included all students in the AIC schools, from Kindergarten through to year twelve. During 2010, data was gathered from 741 students, and in 2011, from 608 students.
The AICS Numeracy Strategy focussed on the Number section of the mathematics curriculum as an understanding of numbers is the basis for learning in all other areas of mathematics.
The Numeracy Strategy is focussed on helping teachers to work out what mathematics students know and what they need to learn, this information is used as the basis for their planning. In this way teachers were encouraged to become more efficient in their teaching. The model that underpinned the Numeracy Strategy is shown in the diagram below.
The AICS Numeracy Strategy included the following components:
- Development of an On-Line Resources to support teachers
- Professional Learning for Teachers, Principals and Aboriginal Education Workers
- In-school support
- Remote support.
Resources for teachers
The project includes the development of a collection of resources to support teachers to assess, plan and then teach students efficiently and effectively. The resources focussed on the three main area of the Number Strand; Understanding the Numeration System, Calculations and Understanding the Operations.
It was hoped that all of these resources would be put on-line for teachers, however funding and time has meant that the first layer, Understanding the Numeration System is on line, with the second layer currently being edited. It will be added to the website using residual funding. The last section, Understanding the Operations will not be added to the website unless further funds are forthcoming to allow for this to happen.
The first layer of this resource focussed on the area of Understanding Numbers, including counting, reading, writing and saying number sequence, subitising, partitioning and place value. These components make up the building blocks for all other areas of number work.
The on-line resource includes:
- Australian Curriculum
- A Scope and Sequence
- Aassessment tasks for each aspect of the Scope and Sequence.
- The mathematics students need to learn as shown by the Scope and Sequence.
- Activities teachers can use to help students to learn the mathematics.
- The AICS Numeracy Tracking Tool, (ANTT) which can be used to monitor students progress.
- Planning Tool, to allow teachers to easily create work plans using the above.
During 2010 and 2011 consultants visited their schools at least once each term and where possible, twice per term. The direction and focus for school visits was decided in consultation with the teachers prior to the visits. Assessment tasks were carried out at the beginning of each term, analysis of data collected and then planning for future lessons supported teachers in learning more about the progress of their students. Professional development for teachers and Aboriginal Education Workers (AEW’s) was offered at the school level during these visits.
Consultants support schools in a variety of ways:
- Team teaching/modeling lessons
- Providing assistance with assessment and analyzing data.
- Planning units of work with the teachers and AEW’s
- Provide the teachers with resource materials electronically when not in the school.
- Providing support to those schools undergoing the re- registration process.
- Liaising with principals
Consultants have worked with the AEWs in a variety of ways to support them in contributing to the education of their student. Ways in which the consultants have worked with the AEW’s include:
- Establishing professional conversations during classroom tasks.
- Demonstrating how to administer diagnostic tasks.
- Organizing and demonstrating games/activities for small group work.
- Collaborative discussions regarding language issues.
- Planning for students who are targeted for extra assistance.
When consultants are not in the schools remote support is provided by way of email, telephone and an online network system that was created for teachers to have contact with other teachers and consultants. This network system allows teachers to share comments and ideas about lessons that were successful, and provides a forum for discussions.
Kim McHugh (Numeracy Consultant)
Tel: (08) 9441 1682
Fax: (08) 9244 2786
Mob: 045 7759 587