• A new version of Symmetricon
September 27, 2013

In an earlier blog, we wrote about the visible learning effect of our Symmetricon app. Originally, we had planned for the app to have three levels but as we came to review the initial program, we felt that to include Level 3 would make it just too hard. Well, how wrong can you be?, Because of the way in which the app enables the players to ‘get it’ really quickly, we have frequently been asked if it would be possible to make it a bit more challenging. Hence the new version, in which there is a...

• Teaching ratio using pizza
September 23, 2013

Last week Ann ran a three day transition project across Parafield Gardens High School and its feeder primary schools. The teachers involved were open to ideas and sharing in the interests of improving understanding and continuity between primary and high school maths and pedagogy., Each day, Ann ran a demonstration lesson which the teachers then unpacked with student work samples to guide them. On the third day, Ann took the teachers into a year 7 class to give the students a problematised...

• Learning fractions out of cutting salad ingredients - it works!
September 16, 2013

Last week I was working with the year 1/2 class at Torrensville Primary School and the students were given a salad problem as we considered healthy foods., The problem: Last night my neighbour's little boy came to visit so we made some salad., , We chopped the veggies., We chopped 5 baby costs lettuces in half., We chopped 4 tomatoes into halves, We chopped 3 carrots into quarters., We chopped 2 celery sticks into eighths., After we had eaten the salad, Kai asked how many pieces we had made with...

• Working with friendly numbers
September 11, 2013

The year 1s and 2 s in Lynn and Sue's class have been working with friendly numbers. Here are a couple of examples form the classroom walls. The students could chose the numbers that they wanted to work with., Allowing the students to have such choice allows them to feel free to experiment and challenge themselves., The students can then be engaged in differentiating the task to suit their current confidence level., Well done Sue, Lynn and their class and to Ludig, one of the students in the...

• Multiplication Tables
September 10, 2013

Two books in the 'Back to Basics' series, 'Multiplication Tables', Ann has written cover multiplication tables., Let’s dip inside and have a look at what makes these two books so special., Ann has taken the thinking-teachers' approach to helping children become masters of their multiplication tables and starts by giving them a vocabulary with which they can describe the strategies that they might use to work out an unknown fact., In the second book, Ann shows how to use tallies to work out one...

• A problem solving mathematical journey
September 09, 2013

Rita Romano from Lefvre Peninsular Primary School keeps an A3 sized maths journal for her class., Every maths lesson is recorded with photos and/or student work. It tells the story of the mathematical journey that her class is taking. Parents love it, the students love it and use it as a resource during their problem solving., Rita did my favourite lesson where a large number of paddle pop sticks are dumped on the floor. Students estimate how many and then find their own ways into counting., It...

• Bridging through ten and one hundred
September 09, 2013

Sue Carey and Lynn Smart, year 1/2 teachers at Torrensville Primary School have been working on bridging through ten and one hundred., The photos below show the examples that the students made using Kidpix., Around the classroom posters made by the students as shown below are on display. In these two classes the students differentiate for themselves by choosing the numbers that they want to work with. As you can see from the second photo below, the class drips with student produced maths...