This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by education support workers to work with teachers to support students in pre-primary, primary and secondary to develop mathematics skills in number and algebra, measurements and geometry, and statistics and probability as included in current curriculum documents.  The unit provides skills and knowledge to enable education support workers to work with the teacher to develop resources to reinforce mathematics skills for across the curriculum and to support students in their development of skills.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - collaborated with the teacher to analyse student needs in the development of mathematical skills and determined, developed and implemented strategies and programs to support at least two students; - implementing programs that support a range of students who may be at various levels, in collaboration with the teacher; - adapting examples and activities to meet the specific needs in mathematics knowledge and understanding of individual students; - using specific strategies to scaffold student learning as directed by a teacher; - applying mathematical concepts applicable to the year levels in which they operate, i.e. early childhood, primary, secondary, and; - identifying, collating and developing resources to support development of mathematics skills and knowledge.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - various assessments including formative and summative and standardised testing; - concept strands of mathematics and mathematical skills appropriate to the students being supported and the curriculum in use; - differences between the roles and responsibilities of teachers and education support workers; - language associated with mathematics and numeracy as used by supervising teacher/s; - the role of education support personnel in implementing planned mathematics activities with students, and; - questioning techniques that can be used to scaffold learning and assist students to problem-solve.

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