EMU intervention specialist maths teachers ‘add’ to their learning!

12/9/2018
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EMU Intervention specialist teachers were recognised for continuing their own learning journeys recently when they graduated from the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Intervention Specialist Teacher course.

EMU Professional Learning Leader Barbara McHugh congratulated these dedicated educators for building on their prior learning and gaining new insights to better assist children who need extra support in their mathematics learning.

“The work for this course is also about engaging with the whole school community - teachers, leaders, parents and community - as it is all of us working together that makes a difference,” she said.

Fellow EMU Professional Learning Leader Kerry Giumelli said the course, developed by Monash University Associate Professor in Numeracy Ann Gervason, highlights the important checkpoints along the way of learning mathematics as well as challenging transition points in learning.

“We look at how children develop mathematical concepts and how children use these concepts in mathematical problem solving,” Mrs Giumelli said.

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“Our goal is to help children see there is more than one way to solve a mathematical problem and there could even be more than one correct answer.”

She went on to say she often receives feedback from EMU specialist teachers and many have commented on how this course has changed the way they think about teaching mathematics and how much the experience of teaching an EMU group has helped them with their classroom mathematics teaching.

Director of Learning Sue Walsh concluded the graduation by encouraging the teachers to keep working hard and learning as EMU specialist teachers because “they are making a real difference for our students”.

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Posted By CathEd Parra at 12/09/2018 9:17:43 AM
 
   
  
 

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