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Enhancing the relevance of new learning

New learning is strengthened by making connections between prior knowledge, broader mathematical and statistical knowledge, and the real world.

Examples of teacher actions that enhance the relevance of new learning:

  • exploring generalisations made by students
  • providing appropriate levels of challenge
  • encouraging students to explain their thinking
  • supporting students to connect concepts and applications
  • structuring mathematical discussion and argument (BES, p. 74)
  • using debate rather than assertion to resolve intellectual conflict (BES, p. 74)
  • using 'I can do/I understand' sheets
  • providing real-life problems in which the context is relevant to the student
  • allowing students to pose and answer their own problems and write stories for mathematical models.

Specific activities

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Last updated September 5, 2018