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Numeracy Guide

The Numeracy Guide presents dynamic approaches to developing student numeracy.

About the Numeracy Guide

The Numeracy Guide presents dynamic approaches to developing student numeracy across the following stages of learning:

  • Birth to Level 2
  • Levels 3 to 8
  • Levels 9 to 10

Exploration of these key resources by school leadership teams, teachers, early childhood practitioners, and system leaders will enable knowledge, understanding, confidence and capability in mathematics to be strengthened and numeracy incorporated across settings and schools.

A stand-alone section has been specifically designed to assist families in developing and supporting positive attitudes towards mathematics and numeracy in the home environment.

Reflective Prompt

What approaches to developing and strengthening student numeracy are you hoping to enhance by using this numeracy guide?

Reflective Prompt

What approaches to developing and strengthening student numeracy are you hoping to enhance by using this numeracy guide?

Read more about research on the definition of numeracy and how numeracy and mathematics are viewed differently in the Evidence base section.

Scope and nature of the Numeracy Guide

The Numeracy Guide consists of sections that provide an overview and understanding of numeracy development from Birth to Level 10.

This guide is designed for school leadership teams, teachers, early childhood practitioners and families.

Throughout the Numeracy Guide, the resources presented will extend your learning through practice and application across education and home settings.

These resources offer a curated collection of:

  • text
  • web links
  • videos
  • audio

Reflective Prompt

What resources are you currently using to foster numeracy?

As an educator, what are you looking for in this guide to support numeracy development ­for all your learners?

As you explore the curated resources consider what changes you will make to your practice to improve children and young people’s numeracy.

Reflective Prompt

What resources are you currently using to foster numeracy?

As an educator, what are you looking for in this guide to support numeracy development ­for all your learners?

As you explore the curated resources consider what changes you will make to your practice to improve children and young people’s numeracy.

The Numeracy Guide places you at the centre of self-directed learning experiences. Numeracy topics are broken down so you can learn about and engage with a variety of resources flexibly in bite-sized pieces that take 20 to 30 minutes.

The Numeracy Guide contains problem-based learning activities which seek to challenge and explore your assumptions and preconceptions about learning, teaching and assessing mathematics.

Each section:

– demystifies the teaching and learning of key mathematics concepts

– poses reflective prompts to challenge current practice

– integrates the four proficiencies:

  • understanding
  • fluency
  • problem-solving
  • reasoning

Reflective Prompt

Identify mathematics concepts that you find challenging to teach to children and young people (e.g. multiplication).

Consider real-life applications of these concepts (e.g. comparing and contrasting the cost of mobile phone provider plans, or with young children, talk about and model objects that come in “groups of”)

Reflective Prompt

Identify mathematics concepts that you find challenging to teach to children and young people (e.g. multiplication).

Consider real-life applications of these concepts (e.g. comparing and contrasting the cost of mobile phone provider plans, or with young children, talk about and model objects that come in “groups of”)

Demystifying negative attitudes towards learning mathematics is an important start in exploring and fostering numeracy.

Watch the TEDtalk by Professor Jo Boaler, Stanford University and co-founder of YouCubed, for more about mathematical mindsets and our potential to be good at mathematics.

Reflective Prompt

What do you take from Jo Boaler’s message to help all your learners to develop positive attitudes towards mathematics and numeracy?

Reflective Prompt

What do you take from Jo Boaler’s message to help all your learners to develop positive attitudes towards mathematics and numeracy?

Proficiencies

The reciprocal relationship between learning in mathematics and numeracy is demonstrated in learning environments through the proficiencies.

Reflective practice

At the heart of fostering children and young people’s numeracy outcomes are reflective practitioners who strive for continuous improvement.