A whole-school approach to primary mathematics

After more than 25 years in mathematics education, Anita has learnt that a consistent whole-school approach is essential for high-quality teaching and learning in primary mathematics.

Anita’s whole-school approach empowers teachers and leaders with the content knowledge, strategies and tools they need to deliver learning experiences that support students to improve their understanding and achievement in mathematics.

Anita believes all teachers need a deep understanding of the NSW Mathematics K-6 Syllabus in order to meet the needs of the full range of learners in their classroom.

Anita’s Primary Mathematics Framework

Anita Chin’s Primary Maths Framework (2020) is the culmination of more than 25 years’ experience in leading and teaching mathematics in Australian schools. The Framework combines a strong evidence base with Anita’s extensive knowledge of what works best in primary maths classrooms.

The Framework provides a structure to support schools to implement a consistent and sustainable whole-school approach to maths. It contains four components: 

  • a whole-school approach led by a dedicated crew (navy)
  • goals for teachers (teal)
  • 10 elements of high-quality maths lessons (coloured jigsaw pieces arranged in four layers)
  • personal dispositions and practices (orange).

All of Anita’s professional learning links to her Framework which is complemented by her 360 Degree School Reflection Tool. The Reflection Tool is designed to be used at key milestones on your learning journey to gather the data you need to demonstrate progress towards your school’s strategic direction for mathematics.

Rosenshine’s principles of instruction

Barak Rosenshine has outlined 10 research-based principles of instruction along with suggestions for classroom practice. You should consider these principles of instruction when planning a 5-part lesson as they promote a culture of questioning, modelling, and repeated exposure.

https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/periodicals/Rosenshine.pdf