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Significant episodes

A Significant Episode is an event, or a small series of linked events, that has impacted on educators professionally and has helped develop or change the way they teach and think about teaching. These Significant Episodes provided rich data for the Make It Count Cluster Findings.

Below is a list of all of the Significant Episodes from the eight Clusters. Each story is also provided in PDF format for download and has focus questions to prompt discussions amongst educators.

To find out how to use Significant Episodes to inform your teaching, click here. To view the Signficant Episodes aligned to the Cluster Findings, click here.

Education assistants appreciate maths training

“It was an aha moment when we realised how important it is that children can subitise and where partitioning belongs in the concept of place value.”

Estimation Walks (a maths300 lesson)

“I never used to estimate. Now I estimate how big my brother’s room is, then I measure it.”

Explicit learning intentions

“Making learning intentions and success criteria explicit helps Aboriginal students to better understand the expectations of the task and when they are successful with the task.”

Aboriginal educators take First Steps

“One of the outcomes is the critical building of connections between the school and community...and the development of Aboriginal educators as leaders within the school and the community.”

Getting ready in numeracy

“I let the class into the room and this boy who normally chooses to sit at the back with talkers/non-workers decided to sit front and centre, by himself.”

Hands on activities I

“I believe that the hands-on approach has seen Indigenous students (and other students) engage with mathematics in a more positive way.”

Hands on activities II

"We played for a bit longer, modelling the story then writing the equation and she got it."

His confidence continues to grow

 “Almost immediately Student A began to answer questions and/or give an explanation on how or why he had arrived at his particular solution.”

How I look at maths

"Following the learning sequence has made a big difference on how I look at maths."

How can it not be the best pedagogy?

"I have seen significant change in teaching."