A Response to the Proposed Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
In early 2021, ACARA released the proposed revision of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.
The ORIGO Education Mathematics Advisory Board responded to the proposed curriculum changes on 6 July 2021 and this can be viewed in its entirety below.
The below document provides feedback from the ORIGO Education Mathematics Advisory Board on the draft F-10 mathematics curriculum currently open for review. The Mathematics Advisory Board (MAB) includes the founders and senior mathematics content leaders from Australia and the USA and provides guidance to the company and our customers on questions of mathematics. Collectively, the group has more than 100 years’ experience in mathematics education at the primary school level.
Our feedback focuses on the mathematics curriculum for Foundation – Year 6, staying within our area of expertise. The comments for each year level include references to specific content descriptors, where appropriate, and range from raising questions to making explicit suggestions. While we did not proofread the document, we did include a list of possible errors noted at the end of the file for reference when the document is finalised.
Our strongest feedback is to tighten the language and descriptions in the opening part of the document. Across these 16 pages, a wide range of discipline-specific vocabulary and jargon are used; we struggled to find coherence and focus for curriculum and instruction within this section. While in common use in other parts of the world, many of these ideas are new to Australian teachers and will require clear definitions alongside thoughtful examples within a professional learning context to have the desired impact on student learning.
If you are interested in learning more, join the webinar series below:
Interpreting and Implementing the Proposed Australian Curriculum
Led by ORIGO Co-Founders, Dr Calvin Irons and James Burnett
A series of webinars aimed at addressing the major changes in the strands of the curriculum
ACARA has released the proposed revision of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics with many more changes than expected. Existing content descriptions have been moved, removed and written in greater detail; and new content now appears across most primary year levels. For example, computational thinking is now a major focus. What do these changes mean for you, and how do you teach topics that are entirely new to mathematics education?
Your presenters, founders of ORIGO Education, Dr Calvin Irons (PhD) and James Burnett (M.Ed) have more than 80 years of combined experienced delivering professional learning in primary mathematics in Australia and abroad. Join them in this series of short webinars to learn about some of the major changes that will influence your teaching of mathematics.
The webinar series will include 12 webinars aimed at specific grade bands. Four strands of content will be delivered for each grade band, with the option for teachers to register for a grade band webinar series (4 webinars for F-2, 3-4 or 5-6) or the full 12 webinars (full school programs).
Location: Remote (via Zoom)
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Time: 3:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday (Term 3).
Individual Registration: $100 – This price is for an individual registration for a single grade band series (4 webinars)
Full School Registration: $250 – This price is for a full school (unlimited logins) for the full 12 webinars (F-6)
Each webinar will be recorded and provided to registered participants within 48 hours of the webinar taking place.