Crusoe College leads the way forward

CRUSOE College is taking innovation and mathematics to the next level. 

The college has developed and implemented the Rich Mathematics Program - a course aimed at increasing student engagement in mathematics. 

Mathematics and science teacher Robert Sbaglia said the program centered around students choosing the level of learning they wanted to complete. 

"Most maths classes in secondary schools involve working out of a text book," he said. 

"Students at our school study maths through games, puzzles and real life applications of learning.

"There is also a lot of student choice in what they want to do.

"Everyone starts on the same task.

"If students find the task too easy then (we encourage them) to move onto the next level."

Mr Sbaglia said the program was trialled at the college in 2013 and had become a solid part of the mathematics curriculum this year.

He said it was based on good practice and the latest resources, and was modelled on a program in Singapore. 

He said the college developed about 100 videos for students who wished to continue learning independently. 

Mr Sbaglia said another central Victorian secondary school was looking at implementing the program. 

He said it had taken students a while to adapt to the new way of learning.

"Students really understand what they are doing and why they are doing it," he said.

"Hopefully it will make them enjoy learning maths.

"It is fun." 

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