Pine Rivers Special School is engaged in a research project with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for a 3 year period from 2018 to 2020. The goal of this project is to build successful mathematics learners within a special school setting and enhance teacher’s ability to be great maths teachers.
The MMM approach is a signature pedagogy being delivered within the mathematics learning area, to ensure students participate in experiences that are engaging, fun and most of all, suit their ability.
MMM promotes hands-on learning, the use of investigations and manipulatives through sequenced explorations of concepts. These experiences help to develop students understanding and awareness of concepts for real-life application of maths ideas.
To support the outworking of this approach, a team of educators from Early Years, Primary and Secondary sectors have volunteered to be a member of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) who drive the vision into reality across the whole school. The team has developed a sequence of learning which outworks the 4 stages of learning for each concept. This framework ensures that delivery of maths learning is consistent across the school, ensuring effectiveness and alignment. To support the delivery of this approach, we are investing in physical resources and are managing the purchase of ‘kits’ that will explore each topic and will be readily available for all classrooms.
The outline of mathematical concept delivery over the next three years is as follows:
- Semester 1, 2018- Area
- Semester 2, 2018- Fractions and Decimals
- Semester 1, 2019- Time
- Semester 2, 2019- Chance
- Semester 1, 2020- Money
- Semester 2, 2020- Patterns and Algebra
These mathematical concepts are additional to the learning that occurs with the year of schooling curriculum outworked for every student in every grade. The MMM approach ensures we are exploring concepts that are utilised in students everyday lives and provides a holistic mathematical understanding.
Making Maths Magic!
You can help us make maths magic by donating your recyclables to the kits, as these as a major resource in our explorations and investigations. E.g., ice cream lids, coloured paper squares, container lids, shoe boxes, etc.,