TOOSmart! is a maths intervention program for students in Years 1-3. Designed originally for Seacliff Primary School students who were not fulfilling their potential in their Year 2 class, it is now also being used successfully to support Year 3 students with specific learning difficulties.
The TOOSmart! program has 7 levels and incorporates a range of strategies to improve students’ fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills. The program aims and objectives have been based on Booker’s Sequence for Developing Numeration and the Big Ideas in Number framework. TOOSmart! targets specific learning outcomes which include: building awareness of amounts and relative size of numbers; understanding and creating patterns in number; estimating and calculating mentally and using a variety of strategies to solve maths problems.
The workshop itself is a wonderful PD opportunity particularly for beginning career teachers, and intervention and support staff. Participants will gain insights into effective targeted teaching strategies that enable students to develop appropriate numeracy behaviours for number. These strategies and deliberate behaviours are easily transferrable to other learning areas. TOOSmart! is being delivered successfully by SSOs and teachers in many South Australian schools. We strongly recommend that a teacher supports the implementation and/or delivery and also attends the training.
For further information about future workshops, please contact Steven Wallis at Seacliff Primary School on (08) 8296 1950 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The day was logical and practical. It was useful to see students showing us how the program is facilitated. – Johanna Obst, KPPS
There were many practical parts of the day which helped to build teacher and SSO capacity in implementing the program with students. Tiana Bergamaschi, MWS
Great skills to be able to take back and utilise within classrooms and individually. Carina Dias-Cocks, HCEPS
Well researched and designed program. The training was engaging and fun! Great games for all year levels. The elemonts of the program can be easily modified to use within the classroom, so it becomes a whole school program. Jane McLean, NAPS
Lots of great resources that can assist with children’s learning. Karen Ramsay, MWPS
I can easily see how I can adapt the box of materials to use with my Reception class. Kathleen White, ONPS