This unit focuses on developing critical pedagogical content knowledge and skills related to the complexities of teaching junior secondary mathematics. Preservice teachers will review rationale, content, and philosophy of the Australian Curriculum in Mathematics, focusing on relationship between concepts, content and pedagogy and evaluate student-centered and inquiry-based approaches to mathematics learning through the design of contextually engaging learning sequences. Preservice teachers will critically review key mathematical ideas within the strands and general proficiencies of Australian Curriculum Mathematics, and will apply appropriate models, representations, and resources, including strategic questioning and digital technologies to support learning. Preservice teachers will also learn to differentiate mathematics teaching responsive to learning needs and apply pedagogical tools such as open questions, rich tasks, and explicit teaching of diverse strategies for developing computational fluency. Preservice teachers will use Australian curriculum documents and appropriate tools extensively to inform their planning of teaching sequences that support the development of mathematical understanding, problem solving and reasoning and to provide targeted feedback on the students mathematical progress.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - TEACHING SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY