• New series of 10 books
    New series of 10 books
    August 30, 2013 0 Comments None

    A new series of 10 books written by Ann have just been released by Pascal Press. , Over the next few days, we’ll give you an overview of the series, and where better to start than with the two books on Addition and Subtraction., Those of you who know our parent books will not be surprised to see that these two books follow a logical developmental sequence that takes the child from counting on through doubles and rainbow facts to bridge through 10 and number splitting using a variety of...

  • Blast off!
    Blast off!
    August 29, 2013 0 Comments None

    To tie in with the book week theme, we again refer to year one teacher. Sonia Dittman from Seaview Primary School who challenged her students to create shape rockets using 16 shapes. She says many students enjoyed deciding on blast off times and measuring that they forgot to punt the shapes. Never mind, the results are striking!, Notice how students were able to differentiate the activity by selecting which time to show on the clocks as well as what and how to measure., The display in the...

  • Art and maths combine
    Art and maths combine
    August 28, 2013 0 Comments None

    Sonia Dittman of Seaview Primary School challenged her year one students to make a combination of spiders and insects with a number of legs that came as close to 40 legs they could get., Checkout the art works that resulted, which also brightened up the school hallway. Sonia’s awesome room combines maths and art – or should I say collide in imaginative and engaging ways...

  • Children's Book Week wrap up
    Children's Book Week wrap up
    August 27, 2013 0 Comments None

    As Children’s Book Week ends for another year, we’d like to sum up our favourite books we shared throughout the week. As you would expect, they have a maths influence. Let’s begin with ‘Bean Thirteen’ by Matthew McElligott; ‘Me Counting Time, From Seconds to Centuries’ by Joan Sweeney’ ‘How to Land a Jumbo Jet: A Visual Exploration of Travel Facts, Figures and Ephemera’ by Joan Sweeny; ‘Seeing Symmetry’ by Loreen Leedy; ‘The Very Blue Thingamajig’ by Narelle Oliver (one of my all time favourites...

  • Spatial Awareness Workshop
    Spatial Awareness Workshop
    August 26, 2013 0 Comments None

    This is what happened when Ann challenged participants at Saturday’s Spatial Awareness Workshop to create a pyramid with 100 cubes. Creativity was required to ensure that all 100 cubes were used. The planning, discussion and engagement are clear to see. , Imagine doing this with a class of students. The spatial thinking, planning, reasoning and construction that ensue as a result of the problem solving will lead to enhanced spatial awareness., The main message of the day was that visual and...

  • Continuing Ed
    Continuing Ed
    August 13, 2013 0 Comments None

    I was in the McLaren Vale yesterday where teachers came to Day 3 of the professional development program that I am running for the SA Department of Education. Here you see the teachers sharing the students’ work samples in response to the problematised situation of Activity 9, Problem Solving at Level 3, in a Stephanie Alexander kitchen that the school has established., Observing how students tackle a maths problem and their mathematical thinking were the topics of this part of the day...

  • Because You Can!
    Because You Can!
    August 12, 2013 0 Comments None

    I love to get into classrooms to do demo lessons or to co- teach. I have been in Canberra all last week and have had opportunities to try out the Show Bags problem (see the blog below) in various guises with students in Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4. The results were interesting and informative. , Students respond well to being challenged when they are in an environment that values risk taking and sharing of ideas rather than right answers and where students are able to invent their own approaches to a...

  • What do you get at the EKKA?
    What do you get at the EKKA?
    August 08, 2013 0 Comments None

    The EKKA is the Royal Queensland Show which is held annually at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. Breeders show off their farm animals, the best jam or the best cake is judged, not to mention the fashion parades, dancing dogs and the rides and of course the show bags. So here is a show bag problem. Ann has tried this problem out in Canberra and found that the numbers chosen made for some very revealing information about the ?Year 3-4 class that she was working with., Show Bags, My friend the /...

  • The Story of the Lesson
    The Story of the Lesson
    August 05, 2013 0 Comments None

    When a parent asks “What did you do in school today?” it is not uncommon for the answer to be along the lines of “not much”. Holding a reflection at the end of a maths lesson makes it much more likely that the answer will be fuller than that, and there is one technique that almost guarantees that the question will be met by a full and interesting account of what was being learned in today’s maths lesson. , At one of my PD sessions in South Australia Lynn from Lake Windermere Primary School liked...

  • 2013 is the International Year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth
    2013 is the International Year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth
    August 03, 2013 0 Comments None

    Words and Numbers Week finishes tomorrow but the website, www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au is still available. Following the link to Mathematics of Planet Earth2013 leads to some interesting images and ideas for students to investigate mathematically. , If you want to investigate rubbish at your school, via the 'This is Rubbish' exercise, which aims to encourage students to use mathematics to analyse waste, the following extract from our book ‘Counting on a Small Planet’, called ‘What’s in a Lunch...