Kids mas­ter maths pro­ject

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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