RoleM stands for: Representations, Oral Language and Engagement in Mathematics. RoleM is an innovative approach for teaching Mathematics that has been tried and tested in recent years. Results have shown that the program, which was developed by two professors at the Australian Catholic University, significantly increased students’ understanding and achievement in Mathematics. It introduces hands-on learning techniques to practically enable students to grasp fundamental mathematical concepts of the Australian Curriculum. Brisbane Christian College has embraced this approach and will be rolling out the program in our Primary School.
The College has committed resources to implementing the program including professional development and training plans for staff, and manuals for students. The Lower Primary School’s resources have already been ordered. The program will be implemented in Upper Primary School starting with Year 4 in 2014 and move up from there. Although RoleM is a Primary School program, all teaching staff will benefit significantly from training in this important area.
Having double streamed year levels has been very beneficial for teachers’ collaborative planning and the College has invested financially to equip teachers and students with innovative resources to help them in the classroom. This is another area of positive growth for our College which will benefit our students in their learning and enjoyment of Mathematics.