Strategies to Achieve Mathematics Success (STAMS)

Strategies to Achieve Mathematics Success (STAMS)

Instruction (Levels A-H)

Provide struggling students with explicit instruction of the 16 fundamental maths concepts and skills - those topics identified as the most important instructional goals for each year level.

  • Five-part lessons are highly visual, engaging and clearly presented.
  • Three levels of scaffolding include: student support, student accountability then problem–solving experience with practice problems that increase in difficulty.
  • Step-by-step support helps teachers easily differentiate instruction and minimise planning time.
  • Modelling helps teachers introduce each skill simply and confidently.
  • Useful tips and embedded professional development guide instruction.


Interactive Whiteboard Lessons

Preview lessons or review previous lessons from any level and use manipulable models to enhance instruction. Works with STAMS Plus and Solve.

STAMS Plus Student Books & Teacher Guides

STAMS Plus Student Book

STAMS Plus Teacher Guide

The STAMS® five part lesson at a glance

Differentiating Instruction with STAMS Plus

STAMS Plus lessons support several approaches to differentiated instruction. Work with small groups or individuals as needed by taking advantage of these lesson features.

1. For English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students:
For any students who struggle with the language of maths, preview maths vocabulary. Throughout the instruction, refer to EAL/D Support tips that alert you to potential language obstacles. Use the Vocabulary Activity to help students tie new maths terms to words they already understand.

2. For struggling students:
Use the Hands-on Activity, Reteaching Activity and Real-World Connection to give students other ways to access the skill. Review concepts visually with IWB lessons.

3. For confident students:
Provide students an opportunity to extend their understanding of the concepts in the lesson with the Challenge Activity.

Using related STAMS Plus lessons to remediate

STAMS Plus lessons are sequenced within each year and from year to year, to make instruction easy at the appropriate level. For any particular topic, use the related STAMS Plus lessons feature in the teacher guide to find a lesson, from the same year level or from an earlier year, that meets the student’s needs.

1. Review within the year level (Books A-H):
If a student isn’t succeeding with a lesson, your first resource is reviewing prerequisite skills in related lessons in the same book. In most cases these skills were taught in an earlier lesson. A careful review of part one and part two of related STAMS Plus lessons can help a student quickly get back on track.

2. Review at a lower year level (Books B-H):
Sometimes lessons cover prerequisite skills from a previous year’s book. Again, a review of part one and part two of related STAMS Plus lessons can help a student quickly get back on track. A student who frequently needs to review material from a previous level may need consistent instruction at that level before that student can succeed in the core program at year level. Consider administering the CAMS Plus pretest from the previous level. These results will help you place the student more appropriately.

The STAMS Plus Teacher Guide

Now let’s focus on one of the best features of the program – the STAMS Plus Teacher Guide. Not all teachers consider themselves maths experts. The Teacher Guide is so detailed that even if you’re not confident in teaching a particular skill, you will learn quickly the best way to present it.

This easy-to-use resource is filled with useful tips and professional development opportunities to help you provide the best instruction possible. Each lesson is designed to support students and teachers through the learning process. Master teachers helped develop the Teacher Guides to make sure you can anticipate any problems and confusions that students might have. Each lesson includes:

  1. Lesson Objectives
    quickly identifies goals for students
  2. Related Australian Curriculum Standards
    identifies the standards covered in the lesson
  3. Prerequisites
    list the skills students should have already mastered to be successful in this lesson
  4. Related STAMS Plus Lessons
    help you differentiate instruction by listing precursor lessons students might need
  5. Vocabulary
    lists key maths terms from the lesson, with definition
  6. Maths Background
    helps teachers understand why the content of a particular lesson is important for students to learn
  7. Interactive Whiteboard
    makes every lesson a powerful and engaging visual experience for students and teachers alike
  • Reduced student pages
    help you know exactly where your students are in a lesson
  • At a Glance
    provides busy teachers with a snapshot of the important lesson elements
  • Tips
    provide thoughtful ways to help students understand a concept
  • EAL/D Support
    alerts you to words that might be making it harder for English language learners to learn a skill
  • Error Alert
    points out common errors students make that lead them to an incorrect answer
  • Additional Activity
    references a specific activity that supports each lesson part. As well, there is a page of additional activities at the end of each lesson with five questions activities: a hands-on activity; reteaching activity; vocabulary activity; real-world connection; school-home connection; and challenge activity.
  • Answer Analysis
    explains why an answer is correct and also shows the types of errors students make that lead them to choose an incorrect answer

Interactive Whiteboard Lessons (IWB)

Interactive Whiteboard lessons are available for each lesson in STAMS Plus Books C–H. The IWB lessons offer students opportunities to question and explore mathematical concepts in greater depth.

  • IWB lessons can be used to supplement instruction in part one and part two of each lesson.
  • IWB lessons can also recap and review previous lessons from any level before beginning instruction.
  • Features, such as cloning and dragging objects, and whiteboard tools, such as highlighters, keep students actively engaged in learning.
  • Teacher notes help maximise the instructional impact, more fully preparing students to complete the related Solve practice independently.