Welcome back to the 2017 school year everyone! It is wonderful to see our learners returning to school with their big smiles ready for an action packed year ahead of them. A very warm welcome to all our new families too – I certainly look forward to getting to know you all. One exciting aspect of the learning and teaching at RSS this year is our new role of Maths Support Teacher or MST. We are very fortunate to have this resource available to us. It is with a lot of excitement to the possibilities this role lends to our school, that I look forward to be facilitating maths support at RSS this year.
MST is the first year of a two year intervention initiated by the Ministry of Education. MST 1 and 2 provides short and long term supplementary support for groups of students below and well below the expected standard in maths. MST focuses on using the expertise within the school to evaluate the effectiveness of current practices that support accelerated mathematics learning and to closely monitor the impact of an intervention for small groups of students.
MST has the following outcomes for schools:
Acceleration for targeted students.
Improved student achievement of learners, with a focus on priority learners, enabling greater percentages of students to reach curriculum expectation.
The development over time, of a school Curriculum and Achievement Plan.
System improvement and capability building across each participating school.
As part of this intervention I will be completing a mathematics education post-graduate paper through Massey University.
This intervention also fits nicely with our participation in the Community of Learning and builds on our intensive work with Dinah Harvey over the last two years. If your child is selected to be in one of the small groups, I will be in touch with you over the next few weeks.
Warm regards, Mel