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About Liana McCurry
Liana McCurry is a primary school educator who is passionate about improving learning outcomes for students in the area of maths. She teaches using an Explicit Direct Instruction and multisensory approach, which has seen dramatic improvements in student understanding of mathematical concepts and student achievement. Concepts are taught through small, scaffolded steps based on an I Do, We Do, You Do approach ensuring success for all students. In addition, interleaved practice is used where concepts studied are regularly reviewed, which supports students in retaining knowledge and making connections between concepts which deepens their understanding.
Liana holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) and a Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) from the University of South Australia. Wanting to gain a further understanding of best practice in delivering maths instruction to ensure success for all and improve student understanding, Liana completed a Master of Education in 2018.
Liana McCurry was awarded Public Education SA’s Primary School Teacher of the Year in 2021 for her work in improving student outcomes in maths. She was also a finalist in the 2022 SA Premier’s Excellence Awards. Following these awards, Liana was invited to present at a Sharing Best Practice conference about her approach to teaching maths in the primary classroom. This conference was attended by a range of leaders and educators, and her presentation received extremely positive feedback.
The Churchill Fellowship project will investigate practices used in teaching mathematics to primary school students. The focus will be on countries that have performed well in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The PISA is an assessment undertaken by a range of 15-year-old students across 80 countries to measure their ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge to meet real-life challenges.
Liana’s goal is to develop teacher capacity and knowledge to ensure that primary school mathematics is being delivered following evidence-based best practices to enable success for all students.
Liana's Maths scope, sequence and content breakdown K-6.
Liana has been kind enough to share her scope, sequence and content breakdown for teaching maths. You can download it here: Liana’s Maths scope, sequence and content breakdown R-6.
During the episode, we mention a few things that may not be familiar to every listener. Here are some links that might help:
Liania’s Churchill Fellowship project: https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellow/liana-mccurry-sa-2022/
The Matthew effect:
“In education, the term “Matthew effect” has been adopted by psychologist Keith Stanovich and popularised by education theorist Anthony Kelly to describe a phenomenon observed in research on how new readers acquire the skills to read. Effectively, early success in acquiring reading skills usually leads to later successes in reading as the learner grows, while failing to learn to read before the third or fourth year of schooling may be indicative of lifelong problems in learning new skills.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_effect
More links and resources from Liana - thank you!
Videos and webinars
Lorraine Hammond – Explicit Direct Instruction: Why What We Say Matters
David Morkunas – Spaced, Interleaved and Retrieval Practice: The Key to Long Term Knowledge Retention
Steven Capp – Building Teacher Efficacy Towards Evidence Informed Practice
David Morkunas – Grade 4 Maths Review Test Video
The demo video of Multiplying Fractions with an Area Model - Mentioned by Liana
Maths games and activities to do at home
Comments and questions are welcome!
We would love to hear about your experienced with teaching or learning maths! Please feel free to leave a comment or question below.