Teaching Secondary Mathematics - Module 6: Using a Range of Strategies and Resources - Focus on Percentages

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

This module examines several strategies and resources to support the different ways students think and learn about percentages.  The topic ‘percentage’ is one aspect of multiplicative thinking, which is a major component of mathematics curriculum in the middle years.  This module contains examples provided from the relevant on-line resources found on the:

Key messages

  • The topic ‘percentage’ is one aspect of multiplicative thinking, which is a major theme of the curriculum in the middle years
  • Instruction can only move students to a higher level of understanding if it is focussed directly on what students need to know, and builds on what they already know securely
  • Using the dual number line is suggested for teaching about percentages and proportional reasoning. The dual number line has a strong visual impact and it can be used to organise thinking, sorting out what is known from what is unknown
  • Problems that appear to be similar can differ markedly in difficulty. Teachers need to know the relative difficulty of problem types and make sure that all types are systematically addressed
  • In recent years an exciting range of ICT resources have become available, expanding the options for teaching many topics
  • Many resources relevant to percentage can be accessed from the Mathematics Domain page

The module contains examples from:

  • Mathematics Developmental Continuum P–10
  • Digilearn
  • Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years (SNMY)
  • Assessment for Common Misunderstandings

Download Module 6 workshop booklet and presentation

To use Module 1, first save the booklet and PowerPoint presentation to your computer.


Links to Principles of Learning and Teaching P–10

Principle 3: Students' needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program.  The teacher uses a range of strategies that support the different ways of thinking and learning.

Principle 6: Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom.  The teacher plans for students to interact with local and broader communities and community practices.

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