Engaging students through literacy and numeracy
Resources for teachers, students and parents
Learning through reading and writing
This resource demonstrates a strategy that high school teachers can use to support students’ reading and writing skills across the high school curriculum.
Literacy skills are important to enable students to engage in learning and demonstrate their understanding across the curriculum.
However, many students have difficulty acquiring the necessary reading, comprehension and writing skills to access curriculum content, as well as to successfully demonstrate what they have learnt.
A challenge for teachers is to provide opportunities for individual students to develop their skills in reading and writing while, at the same time, teaching the knowledge, understanding and skills of their subject.
Planning for success in secondary Mathematics
This resource demonstrates strategies that teachers can use to help high school students to succeed in Mathematics. The strategies focus on teaching mathematical processes for problem-solving while building students’ literacy skills.View the strategy in action
Using mathematical processes involves following a sequence of steps to solve a problem. When using a particular process for the first time, a teacher will typically commence with a worked example on the board, explaining each step in the sequence.
Some students may miss elements of the explanation, misunderstand some of the words the teacher uses, or struggle to remember the sequence. These students are likely to get less benefit from practising the process, participate less in class discussion and struggle to solve the problem.
The strategies presented in this resource are designed to overcome these problems by building in whole-class literacy strategies to support the teaching of mathematical processes.
Geography for Australian Citizens 3rd edition by B Parker, K Lanceley, D Owens & R Fitzpatrick, 2008, Macmillan Education Australia, pp 281–284. Reproduced by permission of Macmillan Education Australia.
Jump into PDHPE – Book 1 by A Watt, M Nemec & B Dawe, 1999, Macmillan Education Australia, pp 80–84. Reproduced by permission of Macmillan Education Australia.
Oxford Big Ideas History 9 Australian Curriculum by G Carrodus, T Delany, B Howitt, R Smith, T Taylor & C Young, 2012, pp 116–119. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press Australia.
Oxford Big Ideas Science 9 Australian Curriculum by S Cash, G Quinton & C Tilley, 2012, pp 96–99. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press Australia.
‘The water cycle’ image from Oxford Big Ideas Science 9 Australian Curriculum Student Book by Cash et al, 2012. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press Australia.
The BOSTES acknowledges the contributions of:
The Department of Education and Communities
Dr David Rose, Director of Reading to Learn