Thursday, 5 December 2013

Math Mastery Series Seminar

Contact: ACER, Australian Council for Educational Research
P: (03) 9277 5447   E:   W:

Date: 28 February 2014  
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Primary teachers & secondary teachers of mathematics

ACER is proud to be hosting Math Mastery Series seminar in Hobart on the 28 February 2014. Attendees are invited to join Dr Rhonda Farkota, one of Australia's foremost experts in Direct Instruction, as she presents a practical overview of the Math Mastery Series programs, Junior Elementary Math Mastery and Elementary Math Mastery.

Direct Instruction (DI) is a teaching method originally developed in the University of Oregon. The strategy has long been recognised for the measurable difference it makes to student confidence and classroom achievement. Based on meticulously scripted lessons the Farkota DI model strikes a balance between teacher-directed and student-directed learning. Recognising that some skills are better acquired through one approach and some through the other, the Math Mastery Series maximises every benefit a mental math program is capable of yielding.

Attendees will learn how these programs help all students, but particularly those who:
  • Have not reached required numeracy level for their age
  • Have low motivation to learn, or low self-efficacy
  • Are classified as at-risk learners
  • Have difficulty concentrating, and would benefit from repeated structured teaching and practice.
Dr Farkota will also address self-efficacy, and the pivotal role it plays in both teaching and learning.

For more information visit ACER's Math Mastery Seminars web page.