A DEDICATED maths teacher has brought an exciting new approach to the subject at her local school in Baldivis.
Kelly James teaches at Tuart Rise Primary School and has been looking for ways to really engage her students in the tough subject.
A national maths project – reSolve: Maths by Inquiry has proved to be better than the sum of its parts.
The national program is the result of a collaboration between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Association of Math Teachers.
“Last year I applied and was selected as a reSolve Math Champion,” she said.
“I have seen how students benefit from working together to share their knowledge, confidently take risks in their learning and collectively build new understandings together.”
The program aims to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics through promotion of higher-order thinking skills and inquiry based learning.
“I have participated in various professional learning opportunities over the last 18 months and have been supporting my staff with using the lesson resources,” Ms James said.
“I have established a Baldivis Numeracy Network, encompassing the seven schools in the area and will be offering professional learning and an introduction to the resources in the upcoming weeks.
“I want to provide rich learning opportunities for our students that help them to develop higher-order thinking skills in the area of numeracy.”
Tuart Rise Primary School principal Gary Crocetta said his teacher was making maths fun for students.
“Kelly’s work as a reSolve Champion is already helping to make learning mathematics a rewarding, enjoyable and engaging experience for the children in the school,” he said.
“Kelly has the support of the whole school community as she continues this exciting journey.”
There are only 300 Champions of this program in Australia, 35 of which are in WA.