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The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) P–10 Australian Curriculum newsletter provides current information and highlights the range of resources and professional learning opportunities the QCAA provides to support implementation of the curriculum.

Resources

Learning area overviews

Learning area overviews

The QCAA has developed a new suite of resources to assist teachers in unpacking the curriculum for each learning area.

The learning area overviews provide a guide to key aspects of the learning areas and highlight the similarities and differences between the structures of each learning area.Slide presentations that describe each aspect in greater detail accompany each of the overviews.

The presentations are a useful tool for individual professional learning, staff meetings or parent information evenings.

Professional learning

Webinars

The QCAA is offering webinars throughout May to support schools preparing to implement the Australian Curriculum in Technologies and The Arts. The webinars unpack curriculum content and achievement standards to build teachers’ understanding of these learning areas.

May webinar dates

Date Subject
2 P–2 Digital Technologies
3 P–2 Visual Arts subjects
4 P–2 Design and Technologies
8 P–2 Performing Arts subjects
9 3–6 Digital Technologies
10 3–6 Visual Arts subjects
11 3–6 Design and Technologies
15 3–6 Performing Arts subjects
16 7–10 Digital Technologies
17 7–10 Visual Arts subjects
18 7–10 Design and Technologies
19 7–10 Performing Arts subjects

Workshops

A new series of statewide Literacy and Numeracy workshops designed to support schools to lift student achievement are underway. They combine current research with hands-on activities, strategies and resources that can be put to immediate use in the classroom. Workshop topics are based on areas of need identified in statewide data.
Workshop topics for Semester 1 include:

Literacy

  • Prep–Year 2: Building language and communication skills
  • Years 3–6: Inspiring students to write

Numeracy

  • Prep–Year 2: Enhancing additive thinking
  • Years 7–9: Connecting concepts in measurement

What teachers are saying about the workshops:

Lots of practical ideas, a better understanding of helping students with language and communication challenges.Participant at Literacy: Building language and communication skills in Prep–Year 2
I feel totally inspired and look forward to re energising my writing classroom. Participant at Literacy: Inspiring students to write in Years 3–6
Practical strategies that will enhance children’s curiosity and enjoyment in Maths.
Participant at Numeracy: Enhancing additive thinking in Prep–Year 2
I will look for elements in my teaching to deliberately teach for a deeper understanding of concepts in measurement.
Participant at Numeracy: Connecting concepts in measurement in Years 7–9

Book review

Hattie, J, Fisher, D, & Frey, N 2017, Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K–12: What works best to optimize student learning, Corwin Press Thousand Oaks, CA.

LUI cards for Year 10 students

Visible Learning for Mathematics is a teacher reference that combines practical advice with theoretical perspectives on how to further student learning in mathematics. The text provides a framework that does not promote a particular approach to teaching, but rather emphasises using the right approach at the right time.

The text is accompanied by video clips, planning tools, and templates that support instructional strategies at each phase of learning, i.e. surface, deep, and transfer learning phases. Teachers need to ‘know where students are at, where they need to go, and what it looks like when they get there’ to support student engagement in higher level mathematics learning.

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