• Elizabeth Grove Early Years Maths Project
    Elizabeth Grove Early Years Maths Project
    June 25, 2014 0 Comments None

    Teachers gathered at Elizabeth Grove on Monday to continue the a Early Years maths project., Here we can see teachers sharing their worksamples. Teachers were asked to bring six samples from a problematised situation that showed a representative spread from their classes. The goal was to gain a better understanding of the developmental stages that their students were displaying., We know that if we identify what the students bring to the table more carefully then we can be more focused and...

  • Using 3D Shapes To Learn About Volume
    Using 3D Shapes To Learn About Volume
    June 15, 2014 0 Comments None

    Thank goodness we don’t live in Flatland!, Our world is a 3D one and it is essential that children understand how the shapes that surround us are constructed and fit together. But is not that often you see a really effective shape lesson in the classroom. Enter Ann and the group of teachers she was working with in South Australia., Friday at the Marion Coast, Ann saw more than twenty maths journals telling the stories of fabulous maths lessons. She particularly loved...

  • How To Make Reasonable Estimates Of Quantity
    How To Make Reasonable Estimates Of Quantity
    June 04, 2014 2 Comments None

    Last week the focus for the early years group was on early place value. The magnitude or how 'muchness' of a large number, being able to look at a group of objects and to make a reasonable estimate of the quantity., The other top idea was the heed for purposeful counting. Having made an estimate, students really wanted to check by counting or adding. Take a quick look at these iMac GED taken from the library walls at Naracourte Primary School., Estimate how many each time and then identify...

  • Reconciliation Week And A Book About Dogs Equals Maths Inspiration
    Reconciliation Week And A Book About Dogs Equals Maths Inspiration
    June 03, 2014 0 Comments None

    Last week was Reconciliation Week - about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In reflection, I picked up a book called 'Too Many Cheeky Dogs'. You have to see it if you haven't already. , Apart from being a brilliant book, every page said 'early number' to me. I went into a classroom where the students hadn't read the book and told them about all the dogs crossing the road and blocking the traffic that...

  • Using Shoes To Work With Data And Chance
    Using Shoes To Work With Data And Chance
    June 02, 2014 0 Comments None

    I love the Primary Maths Association Saturdays when South Australian teachers give up time to explore maths., It was 'chance and data' day., The warm up was shoes off, sort and resort to create different criteria for comparing and graphing. We had tall boots and short boots, shoes with bows on, old shoes and new shoes., The messages: data sets can be mined in many different ways. Sorting and organising makes it easier to compare and quantify. There is more to graphing than pretty diagrams and...