Roger Tattersall, St Patrick's College, Tasmania

Roger Tattersall, St Patrick’s College, Tasmania

St Patrick’s College celebrates second Mathletics Lead Educator!

Roger Tattersall has been employed at St Patrick’s College since 2010. His teaching specialisation is Mathematics across Middle, Secondary and Senior Secondary year levels. Roger has held the role of Head of Mathematics at St Patrick’s, and has had extensive experience in curriculum design and implementation of the Australian Curriculum. His role also requires him to partner with Lead Educator Rebecca Noordermeer in overseeing the successful ongoing access to Mathletics by staff and students. As Lead Educators, Roger and Rebecca are accountable for in-house staff training in Mathletics. Roger is passionate about training and equipping educators around Tasmania to effectively integrate Mathletics into their school programs.

The Mathletics program at St Patrick’s College is an integral part of the teaching and learning of Mathematics from Years 7-10. Currently there are three noteworthy outcomes of incorporating Mathletics into the Teaching and Learning program at St. Patrick’s College. Firstly, the program is used to successfully differentiate the curriculum to a diverse range of student learning needs. Secondly, explicit links with the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards are identified and reported to parents and caregivers, and thirdly as a supplementary support for Mathematics Methods students who are studying under the Tasmanian Qualification Authority framework. Teachers at St Patrick’s use the data collection and interpretation tools available within Mathletics to provide formative assessment and feedback to students and guardians.

“Student results are analysed to determine if there are trends or themes developing and information is discussed at Faculty level.  Teachers are guided by the yearly plan so there is a synchronism in teaching and assessment.”

This has served to increase student engagement with the content and mastery of concepts covered. Students at the College find the program accessible and appealing to their individual needs. Students have the ability to self-manage their learning and teachers are able to create courses and groupings in order to differentiate the curriculum in a student centric manner. Teachers have the ability to make data-driven decisions as they have access to students’ results. Assessments within Mathletics are used to inform unit based assessments completed the traditional classroom setting. Guardians are encouraged to monitor their child’s achievements and participation via email.

St Patrick’s College is the largest Co-curricular 7-12 college in Tasmania with a student enrolment of 1456 students.