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Audio transcript of project explanation

Mentors at Crawford (Liz and Belinda) provide an early explanation of the project

Liz:
It's a bit of a new idea as a project. It's not just producing a written document that says this is a whiz-bang unit of work that you should be teaching your kids.
What the idea is, is to try and come up with a unit of work that's specific to Crawford, that specifically meets the needs of the students in your class, and in this case targeting the Aboriginal students' needs in particular
Belinda:
But all of your class as well.
Liz:
Therefore all of the class, but particularly them...and looking at how we can involve the community, not necessarily directly if that is impossible, but directly if at all possible. How you can involve them in linking maths that's happening outside the classroom with the maths that's happening inside the classroom, that there's an awareness about what maths learning is, but also to achieve the best outcomes for all our students, and in particular Aboriginal students who are identified as a group as not achieving at the same level as everybody else?
We need to make it clear to them that what they're doing outside is maths and it's valued.
Belinda:
It's making the connection and not just making the parents feel that maths happens in a bubble at school, and then you go home and you do other stuff there, but that's not maths, and you come back and continue working in your little bubble.
So it's trying to make the connections both ways. What's happening at home, what they're playing with, what they're doing after school are they shopping, are they playing games?
Noula:
It's putting maths in the real world.
Belinda:
Yeah, that's it.
Liz:
Maths comes back into the classroom. But also if we can get parents into the classroom and helping with the maths, it would be great for your class. It'd be great, because of the kickback benefits and those parents will be confident to talk to you if there is an issue.
They will be confident when the child comes home with homework, maybe they can help, rather than feel it's a completely foreign language that we are speaking.
(Liz, Belinda and Noula)
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Audio transcript of project explanation