Teaching Mathematics: Overcoming Miscommunication
Examine the importance of language in the teaching and learning of mathematics
On this four-week course from the University of Southern Queensland, you’ll explore how language and communication impact mathematical teaching and learning processes and develop practical strategies to improve your learners’ understanding of maths.
Explore the connection between effective communication, mathematical literacy, and numeracy
Mathematical language is complex and, as such, can lead to misunderstandings, with many students struggling to switch between everyday language and mathematical terminology.
You’ll learn how to use language appropriately, using technical terminology clearly and accurately.
Reflecting on your own students, you’ll explore strategies to successfully communicate complex ideas in a way that delivers an equitable experience for all learners in your classroom.
Dispel common misconceptions about algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics
Examining a different mathematical topic each week, you’ll consider why students find some concepts troublesome and how this can be addressed.
You’ll investigate various negative beliefs surrounding mathematics, and develop responses that stimulate engagement.
Learn how to explain mathematical concepts using real world applications
Excellent mathematics teachers have the ability to engage students, making the curriculum not only accessible, but relevant to everyday life.
You’ll discover how to contextualise your students’ learning by highlighting real life applications, helping them ground their understanding of new concepts in realistic terms.
You’ll finish this course with a deeper understanding of mathematical language and effective communication. You’ll be able to develop your own teaching strategies and communication skills to explain complex concepts and deliver engaging, relatable lesson content.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain the importance of language in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
- Critically reflect on the appropriate use of language by both the student and teacher in the mathematics classroom.
- Develop enhanced student engagement practices based on clearer communication with students.
- Identify and explain common mathematical misconceptions.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for educators at secondary school level who want to improve their communication skills when teaching mathematical concepts.
It’s particularly suited to those new to teaching mathematics, including newly qualified teachers, or those considering a career in teaching.
What software or tools do you need?
To take part in this course, you will need a word processing program and a calculator.
Who developed the course?
UniSQ provides career-focused, quality on-campus and online education and has done for over 50 years. UniSQ has scored five stars for employability and internationalisation (QS Stars rankings, 2019) and is Australia’s No. 1 university for the highest graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide 2018-20).
LocationToowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich in Queensland, Australia
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