Professional learning resources

The YuMi Deadly Centre’s past professional learning projects have studied and developed theory on how to improve teaching capacity by focusing on the interactions between researcher, teacher (or teacher aide) and student.

The resources in this section include a set of 10 teaching strategy booklets designed to support Indigenous teacher aides with teaching the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A booklet on using calculators in the primary school is also provided.

Teaching strategies

The following 10 teaching strategy booklets were written for the Deadly Maths Tutor Professional Learning (PL) program. This program was developed as part of ARC Linkage project LP0562352, Sustainable education capacity building: Empowering teacher aides to enhance rural and remote Indigenous students’ numeracy outcomes, which ran from 2005 to 2008 in eight schools in north-west Queensland.

Number – addition and subtraction

PL3 Addition and Subtraction Booklet 3.1: Concept of Addition

This booklet explores how to teach students the concept of addition through activities focusing on set and number line as well as addition language and symbols.

PL3 Addition and Subtraction Booklet 3.2: Concept of Subtraction

This booklet explores how to teach students the concept of subtraction through activities focusing on set and number line as well as subtraction language and symbols.

PL3 Addition and Subtraction Booklet 3.3: Strategies for Using Ten

This booklet explores how to teach students strategies for using ten through activities focusing on building to ten, and adding and subtracting tens and ones.

PL3 Addition and Subtraction Booklet 3.4: Strategies for Algorithms for 2-Digit Numbers

This booklet explores how to teach students strategies for algorithms for 2-digit numbers through activities focusing on separation, sequencing and compensation addition and subtraction.

PL3 Addition and Subtraction Booklet 3.5: Solving Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

This booklet explores how to teach students to solve addition and subtraction word problems through activities focusing on addition and subtraction as part-part-total, forwards and backwards problems, word problems, and extensions to comparisons and strategies.

Number – multiplication and division

 PL5 Multiplication and Division Booklet 5.1: Concept of Multiplication

This booklet explores how to teach students the concept of multiplication through activities focusing on set, array and number line as well as multiplication language and symbols.

 PL5 Multiplication and Division Booklet 5.2: Concept of Division

This booklet explores how to teach students the concept of division through activities focusing on grouping and sharing models as well as division language and symbols.

 PL5 Multiplication and Division Booklet 5.3: Multiplication Computation Strategies

This booklet explores how to teach students multiplication computation strategies through activities focusing on higher-decade multiplication facts and strategies for separation, sequencing and compensation.

 PL5 Multiplication and Division Booklet 5.4: Division Computation Strategies

This booklet explores how to teach students division computation strategies through activities focusing on higher-decade division facts and strategies for separation, sequencing and compensation.

 PL5 Multiplication and Division Booklet 5.5: Solving Multiplication and Division Word Problems

This booklet explores how to teach students to solve multiplication and division word problems through activities focusing on defining multiplication and division, factor-factor-product problems and strategies for multi-step problems.

Using calculators

 Using Calculators in the Primary School

This booklet is designed for teachers across all year levels of primary school. The book comprises two parts. The first section introduces the role of the calculator and includes guidelines on the selection of a suitable school calculator. The ideas presented in this introductory section form the framework for the activities outlined in the second section. Hence, it is important that these introductory notes be studied prior to working on the activities.