Recommendation 1: Use assessment to build on students’ existing knowledge and understanding.
Recommendation 2: Use manipulatives and representations.
Recommendation 3: Teach strategies for solving problems.
Recommendation 4: Enable students to develop a rich network of mathematical knowledge.
Recommendation 5: Develop students’ independence and motivation.
Recommendation 6: Use tasks and resources to challenge and support students’ mathematics.
Recommendation 7: Use structured interventions to provide additional support.
Recommendation 8: Support students to make a successful transition between primary and secondary school.
Evidence for Learning has produced another Guidance Report Putting Evidence to Work: A School’s Guide to Implementation which can be used as a guide as you plan to implement changes in your school relating to improving mathematics.
Implementation can be described as a series of stages relating to thinking about, preparing for, delivering, and sustaining change. The section Acting on the evidence, suggests a range of strategies that you might find helpful in planning, structuring and delivering a whole‑school approach to mathematics.
1. Thomson, Sue; De Bortoli, Lisa & Underwood, Catherine 2016, PISA 2015: A first look at Australia’s results, Australian Council for Educational Research, Camberwell. acer.org/au/ozpisa.
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