Thursday, 27 February 2014

Direct Instruction at Work: Math Mastery Series Seminar

Contact: Laura Beckett, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
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Date: 28 February 2014          RSVP: 26 February 2014
Location: Australia

Intended Audience: Primary and secondary teachers, schools leaders, principals, numeracy coordinators, curriculum coordinators, teacher aides

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.

The Math Mastery Series:
  • Serves as a daily diagnostic tool
  • Maps student progress
  • Identifies precisely where and when students experience difficulty
  • Contains inbuilt assessment and correction procedures
  • Instills fluency and automaticity in fundamental math skills.
Dr Farkota will give a practical overview of the Math Mastery Series programs, Junior Elementary Math Mastery and Elementary Math Mastery.

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. An opportunity for questions and general discussion will follow.