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Teaching Numeracy In Primary/Elementary Schools

The assignment will help you address three unit-level learning outcomes:
• apply relevant curriculum frameworks and guidelines to design effective learning experiences;
• design and reflect on content and especially numeracy activities, relevant to your selected schooling level and teaching/curriculum area; and
• design and reflect on mathematics activities relevant to learner needs and appropriate schooling levels and curriculum.
Task:

Your task is to document, analyse, consolidate, and redirect the learning you are acquiring while working through Module 1 of the Learning Materials.

Audience:
Imagine you are writing for yourself and some ‘critical friends’ (e.g. teacher educator, mentor teacher, online peers) wanting to assist you with your professional development.
Expected content:
The assignment (when considered as a whole) should contain:
Documentation
• A multi-factored overview of your teaching context (real or anticipated)
• Prioritised, written responses to at least three of the numbered activities in Module 1
Analysis
• A plausible explanation of the school-based scenario recounted in Davis and Renert’s opening chapter (2014, pp. 1–15)
• Recommendations on how you could harness this explanation to target applicable curriculum (e.g., segments of the Australian Curriculum) within your teaching context
• Identification of a particular aspect of numeracy you’d like to investigate further
• Rationale for prioritising this aspect of numeracy within your teaching context
Consolidation
• An outline of a compelling classroom activity designed to encourage your students (whether actual or imaginary) to experience in context a key, foundational situation whose subsequent exploration helps to shape your prioritised aspect of numeracy
• A summary of the pedagogy and/or other interactions comprising the activity
• A diagrammatic visualisation showing how your thinking links to significant themes arising in the Learning Materials, Davis and Renert (2014), and other relevant literature as applicable
Redirection
• A description of a surprising idea or unanswered question that you’d like to pursue in Assignment 2 (without obligation)
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• Several suggestions on how you might progress your learning from here
Presentation:

Submit your assignment on Learnline as a single, professionally prepared PDF document. All third-party sources and intellectual property mentioned in the assignment should be cited correctly using the APA referencing system. (See the CDU Library portal for details.)

Preparation advice:
Taking an iterative approach in your preparations will help you to balance your efforts, ensuring that you don’t over-engineer some aspects of the assignment while giving limited treatment to others.
Initially, some conceptual exploration (of Learning Materials, context, and relevant curriculum) will be required to hone in on a numerate area of interest. Working selectively through Module 1 will help in doing that. Until your focus develops, allow for some adjustments to the design of your assignment, and to the visualisation in particular.
In making your suggestions and recommendations, try to move beyond the simple act of advocating or proscribing particular teaching practices. That is, look to establish some dynamic interconnections between ideas, practices, your students, and the teaching context.
Use narrative sequences (whether verbal, symbolic, or visual) to help you better handle the unfolding complexity of your situation. Or, alternatively, try to isolate some patterning, systematicity, or even changes of phase or state. Or adopt another numerate approach of your choice … (How can you use numerate concepts to help model your understandings?)
How much narration ends up in the final product, if any, will depend on what you come up with.
Working with other people at various points of your assignment preparation can be a good thing, provided you’re able to maintain adequate control over your own intellectual position. Doing this transparently through the Discussion Board can be an effective way of proceeding.
As you progress, take the time to consider how reflective processes are at work in this assignment, and in teaching and education more broadly. For example, on what basis is it reasonable to draw upon pedagogic issues and practices arising within an alternative context (such as Davis and Renert’s school scenario) and then to apply or adapt or even react against these within your own context?
Finally, think through—or better, experience first hand—the precise experience you’re wanting to evoke in the lives of your students. What are the contextual pre-conditions necessary for the experience to occur, and what will make the establishment of these preconditions (and subsequently the experience itself) desirable for your students

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