EMU teachers deepen their learning

5/10/2016
EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.
EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.


The Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) program continues to go from strength to strength in the Diocese of Parramatta with more teachers achieving specialist training and participating in professional learning days to deepen their knowledge in the learning and teaching of Mathematics.

The EMU program is a ‘second wave’ intervention to support vulnerable students at risk of falling behind in Mathematics. Throughout August and September a number of teachers from schools across the Diocese participated in professional learning workshops as part of the ongoing commitment to improve student learning outcomes.

EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.
EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.


Year 1 EMU specialist teacher, Fiona Lambert from St Paul the Apostle Primary, Winston Hills’ said the program is not only professionally rewarding but that it is producing great results for students.

‘Throughout the program you can really see the students’ confidence start to grow, as they begin to believe and see that they can do it,’ Fiona said. ‘As a Year 1 teacher the EMU training has been great for my professional development and the support that has been offered has been outstanding.’ 

EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.
EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.

A key part of the learning for teachers is participating in a ‘Behind the Screen’ lesson. This involves a number of teachers observing an EMU lesson and then providing feedback on what they saw. On Wednesday 31 August, three students from St John’s Primary Riverstone showcased a Behind the Screen lesson with their EMU specialist teacher Pauline Berry. 

EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.
EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.

Pauline said the opportunity to bring her students to the training day was not only valuable for her fellow teachers but also for herself and her students. 

‘It was very insightful hearing what the other teachers’ observations were and my students felt very special being perform the demonstration,’ Pauline said. ‘It’s really apparent, from the feedback that I get from my students, that they love coming to EMU.’ 

EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.
EMU teachers at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre after the ‘Behind the Scenes’ lesson.


Catholic Education’s EMU Professional Learning Leader Barbara McHugh said the variety of training days offered to both primary and secondary teachers is invaluable for teachers to improve their practice and share their knowledge. 

‘We are really focusing on creating engaging and challenging tasks for students,’ Barbara said. ‘The work we are doing on these days gives teachers some confidence to explore more challenging tasks.’ 

‘We are also looking at how we can use data more effectively and what advice we might give to our fellow colleagues,’ she said. 
 
Posted By Natasha Borg at 5/10/2016 3:34:45 PM
 
   
  
 

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