ESM310 - Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E359, E330 or E334


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



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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week for 9-weeks


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This is the second of three compulsory primary mathematics education units. The unit aims to continue to promote pre-service teachers' understanding of how mathematics is learned and therefore taught in primary school settings. Students will explore the role that families and caregivers have in students’ mathematics learning and develop strategies for reporting about and supporting this learning. Pre-service teachers will continue to develop key mathematical concepts, mathematical language, multiple representations and flexible strategies, with a particular focus on rational number, geometry, and statistics and probability. They will learn to interact with primary school students and analyse student responses to a range of mathematical tasks to identify misconceptions and ongoing learning needs.Building on coursework and professional experiences, pre-service teachers will explore the use of manipulatives, calculators and other digital technologies in primary mathematics classrooms. They will also learn to locate and modify published teaching and learning resources that can be used to guide planning and pedagogical decisions. Students will become more adept at navigating and making decisions with reference to the current Australian and Victorian curriculum documents and research literature.

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