Mazzarello Campus

Mazzarello Campus Newsletter: A New Maths Learning Tool

Since the beginning of the Mazzarello Learning Program, members of the teaching team have been investigating and utilising many new teaching strategies within the Year 9 Curriculum. Leading the way in providing individualised learning for all Year 9 students. The introduction of the digital learning tools has enabled the current curriculum structure to access all the advantages a digital learning platform can offer. The introduction of the STILE learning tool saw the beginning, developing and engagment of students in the “Flipped Classroom” methodology of learning.

This year we are introducing a new method of delivery of Mathematics for our students. Maths Pathway an Online Mathematical learning tool allows every student a complete and individualized learning plan. The program will allow teachers to offer a Maths curriculum aimed at improving and developing the growth of all students. Students spend time working in groups, as well as working individually. They learn from hands-on material, as well as from personalised written work.

Maths Pathway acts as a personalised textbook for each student, based on the level of mathematics that particular student is presently working on. Students are given an individualised test based on the work they havecompleted over the past few weeks. From that, teachers are able to give students specific feedback based on the concepts they understood and ones they still need to consolidate. Students then have the chance to be re-tested on the skills and concepts they did not understand. However, it’s not just about personal learning aided by technology. Students also learn through teacher directed lessons, targeting those specific areas of need.

The role of the teacher completely shifts: no more chalk-and-talk, or setting left-hand-side textbook questions. Instead, teachers work with small groups and individuals providing feedback, giving targeted direct instruction and helping where needed.

Maths Pathway is an Australian social venture whose mission is to tackle the
national maths crisis by changing the
way that maths is taught. Maths Pathway partners with schools like Ivanhoe Grammar School to help them shift to this new model of teaching where every student has the chance for success.

There are about 100 partner schools throughout Australia including government, Catholic and independent schools. Maths Pathway was started
in 2013 by two Melbournian teachers who quit their jobs and worked without salary in a garden shed to build this movement.

Cofounder Justin Matthys is acutely aware of the need for change in the system.

“Forty-five per cent of Australian jobs are at risk of digital disruption – that’s 5.1 million jobs that probably won’t exist in 20 years’ time," he says.

"Meanwhile 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require maths, but our students aren’t being prepared for this new world.

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The Mazzazrello Campus will be holding an information evening for Year 9 parents and guardians wishing to seek further information on MONDAY 23RD MAY. The evening will commence at 6.30pm and will be held in the Father James Carroll Centre. The evening will provide further information on this trial and give parents the opportunity to ask any questions or concerns to us.

Should you have any immediate queries please do not hesitate to contact your child’s CORE homeroom teacher.

Brendon Fogarty
Director Mazzarello Campus
Salesian College "Rupertswood"