Upskilling for Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers
A recent Australian report noted that 38% of teachers teaching mathematics in Years 7-10 have not studied mathematics at second-year tertiary level/teaching methodology in mathematics, and could be considered to be ‘Out-of-Field’. Also, about 10 per cent of Australian Mathematics classes in Years 7–10 are being taught by an out-of-field teachers with five years of experience or less in the subject. This is the reality in Australian schools.
The Upskilling for Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers program was born out of a need to ensure that all teachers of mathematics know their content and how to teach it.
The program is designed for teachers who are allocated mathematics classes to teach but who do not have the background knowledge and skills to fulfil this important role with confidence. Teachers who register for the project will need to attend two on-day workshops and will be provided with follow-up support from trained mentors. The program covers the ‘big ideas’ and ‘key threads‘ of the WA Mathematics Curriculum in each of the Year 7 to 10 strands and focuses on delivery via the proficiency strands; what are they and how to teach to them.
Providing evidence based best practices in the teaching of mathematics that reflect the AAMT Standards for excellence in teaching mathematics in Australian schools (2006) and Standard 2 of the AITSL Standards . Participants undertake a resource audit to help them identify quality resources including lesson ideas and topic delivery aimed at teaching for understanding.
This initiative is made possible by support from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (Inc), Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA ; Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation; and Scitech.