ESM310 - Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E330, E334, E359

E359 students must have passed one unit from ESM210 or ESM211

E334 and E330 students must have at least 10 credit points and completed units ECE211 or ECE352

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: EME500
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided)
1 x 2-hour on campus seminar

E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary) students need to attend on campus seminars as per their mode of campus enrolment.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided)
1 x 2-hour online seminar per week per non-placement teaching week 

E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary) students are encouraged to attend seminars as per their mode of campus enrolment.

In-person attendance requirements

Current teacher placement details:

E334 15-days Primary
E359 10-days Primary


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


The unit aims to enhance pre-service teachers' understanding of how mathematics is learned and therefore taught in primary school settings. Rational number, statistics, probability, and geometry in the upper primary years will be the focus. Students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of teaching and assessing for understanding. Effective numeracy teaching strategies incorporating key mathematical concepts, mathematical language, multiple representations and flexible strategies will be attended to. Students will engage with the relevant curriculum documents, research literature and assessment tools as they engage with assessment for learning incorporating the analysis of student responses to support mathematics and numeracy learning. Published teaching and learning resources will be drawn on and critiqued in the planning process. The use of manipulatives, calculators and other digital technologies in primary mathematics classrooms will be addressed.

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