Kids master maths project
MOSSMAN State School is being used as an example of “best practice” for participating in the Elementary Math Mastery and Junior Elementary Math Mastery programs.
It is one of the many schools across Australia which is trialling the one-year program in hopes to improve the student’s mathematic results on their report cards.
Years 3 and 4 are currently completing the JEMM program and Years 5, 6, and 7 are working on the EMM program.
Mossman State School principal Vicki Sparks has decided to continue the program next year as a result of the overwhelming improvements seen from the students completing the program.
“It is a direct teaching program being used all around Australia and is currently being trialled by a number of local schools in Far North Queensland,” Mrs Sparks said.
“The students have to complete mathematical questions everyday which are marked by their teacher daily and their score out of 20 is recorded. After 20 days, 20 tests, 100 per cent of the students have improved.
“Students who were getting four out of 20 are now getting 18 out of 20.”
According to Mrs Sparks, the program also helps teachers identify what questions individual children are struggling with so that they can assist them with these one-on-one.
“Our teachers mark and record the results daily and are able to identify the weaknesses of individual students and also recognise the weakness of the entire class,” she said.
“This directs their teaching so they can home in on where the problems are and what areas of study the students need to work on.
“It is part of our strategy of helping those kids who are tailing move up with their mental arithmetic. We are hoping that it will also help the children improve their skills for the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) exams.”