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Mathematics Learning & Teaching for Success

MLATS Intervention Program

Course Aims

Some students, despite our best attempts in the classroom, are not making satisfactory progress in learning mathematics. This course aims to support personnel working with these students to improve their mathematical learning.

The MLATS Intervention Program is designed to:

  • assist schools and teachers as they endeavour to intervene and support those students who have been identified as being “at risk” in their numeracy development.
  • be used in conjunction with the Early Numeracy Interview (Department of Education, Victoria, 2002), using the interview to establish what the child knows and using this data to plan a program to build on this knowledge in intensive sessions over time.

This program is suitable for Classroom teachers R-5, Learning Support Teachers R-9, LAP volunteers, School Services Officers, Parents, and Tutors.

Course Content

The intervention program focuses on the identification of “at risk” students, establishing what these students already know, and developing specific learning plans to build on this knowledge.

The Early Numeracy Interview booklet is supplied as well as five support booklets.

The four support booklets are:

  • Counting
  • Place Value
  • Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
  • Strategies for Multiplication and Division
  • Money

Each booklet includes:

  • Activities, together with their purposes and ideas for focusing questions
  • Suggestions for appropriate materials
  • Ideas for how each activity may be modified to meet each learner’s needs
  • Guidelines for assessment

There are 7 workshops each 2.5 hrs in duration that are conducted in small groups.

Workshop Topics

  • Counting and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Review

It is expected that participants in this course will be able to work with at least one “at risk” student for approximately 30 minutes a day for 3 to 5 days per week over 10-20 weeks.

Professional development will be offered to support teachers in their use of the program. They will receive certification for 20 hours of training and development.


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