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Teacher guide YuMi Deadly Mathematics Professional Learning

TLF ID S7091

This is a teacher resource about a project to provide professional learning to teachers on the YuMi Deadly Maths program, designed to improve mathematics learning for F-9 students in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and low-socio-economic status schools. A method section describes key teaching strategies including pedagogy based on a Reality-Abstraction-Mathematics-Reflection (RAMR) cycle which uses students' everyday lives, interests or local culture as a starting point for instruction. The outcomes described include improved student attendance, engagement, behaviour, and achievement in mathematics as well as increased classroom discussion. The resource also discusses the lessons learned, the next steps and the research underpinning the program.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource may be useful in supporting the Mathematics learning area. It provides extensive information about the YDM program which can fit into schools' existing mathematics programs and describes useful teaching strategies including pedagogy based on the Reality-Abstraction-Mathematics-Reflection (RAMR) cycle, which encourages learning that uses all the senses and starts with kinaesthetic activity.
  • This resource might assist teachers in addressing aspects of the Numeracy general capability. It provides useful guidelines for improving numeracy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, for example, whole-of-school change that involves community and takes into account cultural and contextual differences, to improve attendance and learning and relate mathematics learning to the students' world. It discusses the theory underpinning the initiative and provides references and links to further readings..
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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