• Creative Props For Chance And Data Workshop
    Creative Props For Chance And Data Workshop
    April 27, 2014 0 Comments None

     It has been great fun this week putting together a brand new workshop on Chance and Data for the Primary Maths Association on May 31st in Adelaide. I am really looking forward to it and the Saturday crowd is always so much fun to work with., Of course I had to go into one of those dollar dazzler type stores and top on lots of cheap bits and pieces to graph with and pose chance questions about., Look at the pictures to below to see the sorting and graphing possibilities of a small grab...

  • I've Been Everywhere Man
    I've Been Everywhere Man
    April 24, 2014 0 Comments None

    Its great being home at the Gold Coast for a while and to reflect on the whirlwind that was term one. I think the song “I've been everywhere man” about sums it up., I have probably seen more of the very beautiful South Australia than most South Australians! As I work with teachers, my main focus is on the proficiency strands and in particular the reasoning and problem solving strands., Teachers are still wanting input on how to create a rigorous and effective numeracy block...

  • Early Years And Numeracy Workshop
    Early Years And Numeracy Workshop
    April 17, 2014 0 Comments None

    Yesterday, 120 South Australian teachers and preschool teachers met to learn more about early years numeracy. , The focus on quantity (how 'muchness') involved lots of hands on activities with simple and cheap every day items. Three 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles bought for $6 meant that all teachers could explore magnitude and quantity in many different ways., A lot of estimation was involved and noticeable improvements in terms of making informed judgments developed., ,  ...

  • Developing Maths Pedagogy
    Developing Maths Pedagogy
    April 16, 2014 0 Comments None

    Over the last couple of days, more than 100 South Australian teachers gave up their holidays to further develop their maths pedagogy. Hats off to the teachers who have been awesome!, The teachers will return for a third day of professional development on the next school holiday bringing with them anecdotal notes and student work samples to share their progress with each other. Teachers will be trialing mental routines and problematised situations, and sharing their journeys. So watch this space...

  • Great Example Of A Maths Journal
    Great Example Of A Maths Journal
    April 11, 2014 0 Comments None

    It is wonderful to see the maths journals when I am working with teachers and to listen to the ways in which teachers are using them and putting them together., Some teachers are coauthoring with their students as part of the all important reflection at the end of the lesson. Other teachers have handed the responsibility to two students at the end of every lesson. The students interview other students as part of the reflection process., One teacher uses hers during as a formative assessment tool...

  • Building A Pyramid Using Unifix Cubes & Enabling Creative Thinking
    Building A Pyramid Using Unifix Cubes & Enabling Creative Thinking
    April 09, 2014 0 Comments None

    Monday at West Beach, teachers were working on a measurement workshop., This is what happened when the teachers were asked to build a pyramid with exactly 100 unifix cubes. Some teachers wrote and added square numbers, not quite the result that they expected..., There was a need to think creatively. We are not going to say much more..! Why not find out where this activity takes your students: guess, check and improve; square numbers, simply counting, getting creative and experimenting with gaps...

  • Helping Students Understand Mathematical Vocabulary
    Helping Students Understand Mathematical Vocabulary
    April 08, 2014 0 Comments None

    The below vocabulary chart was made during a ten minute mental routine at the Primary Maths Association Problem Solving session on Saturday morning., It is important that we immerse students in a wide range of mathematical vocabulary and that the students see them in print form. A simple anchor chart such as this is not meant to be classroom wallpaper, rather they are a tool that students can use to select from as they ask questions during the game line Flip Question time., Our job is not done...

  • Diagrams to show student thinking
    Diagrams to show student thinking
    April 06, 2014 0 Comments None

    It always surprises me how students will experiment, use guess check and improve as they try to create meaning and understanding when working on problematised situations., The problem this time was an Easter one involving fractions., , Ninety-six Easter eggs were to be made into baskets for an Easter raffle, Half were to be put in the guest basket, A third of what remains were to be put into the second basket, The remainder divided equally into the two other baskets., , The basic...