• Early Years Workshop Using Problematised Situations
March 30, 2014

Last week, in conjunction with the Elizabeth Partnership, we ran the Early Years Project, day two. , Teachers were using problematised situations to assess their students' understanding of 'how muchness' and counting strategies. They found some students were reluctant to look at a quantity and estimate roughly how many objects they saw. Questions such as closer to 5 or closer to 10 (and larger numbers too) were used to develop positional ideas for early number. , Teachers found, and...

• Enabling Mental Computation Strategies Using Dice Strings
March 25, 2014

Recently, MrsK of Craigburn Pruimary added a piece to her classroom blog about how she uses of one of our IWB programs to promote subitising and mental computation., “Thanks, MrsK for your blog- it’s always great to hear about ways in which Natural Maths is helping in the classroom. Your ideas got me thinking that I should make a few comments about our intentions for that program.”, Dice Strings has proven to be a popular and much needed tool to help students learn to subitise...

• Example of a Great Maths Journal
March 19, 2014

Last year, I spoke quote a lot about the importance and value of keeping a maths journal. This came about for a number of reasons, but mainly to help teachers and students alike reflect what happened during a lesson, but also as tool teachers can present to parents who liked to see what you're teaching their child., I am delighted to be able to share with you a great example of a maths journal. Thank you to Deb Draper, Coordinator Primary Australian Curriculum, for sending me these pages...

• Problem Solving Workshop for the Primary Maths Association
March 16, 2014

On Saturday, with the Primary Maths Association, I ran a Problem Solving workshop with 120 teachers., Focusing on using the STAR Model, we identified what problems were about and how people can develop several different ways to solve a problem. This was one topic that the teachers found interesting - the variety of ways a problem could be solved., They also enjoyed sharing their strategies. Some of the major learnings included: , , Teachers need to use a rich mathematical...

• Posing the Problem
March 16, 2014

Little did we realise that, by asking students to take the responsibility of determining what was the property that linked that arrangement of the digits 1 – 9, we would open a treasure chest of ideas and inventiveness. In this blog we offer these ideas as evidence that at times we limit the mathematical creativity of students by too clearly posing the problem as well as having too well-defined an expectation of what the answer should be...

• Making Boats to Explore the Properties of Shape
March 13, 2014

What has making houses and boats from paper got to do with understanding shapes? Lots!, At a workshop with teachers yesterday, everybody was given a small piece of paper and asked to follow instructions, which included cutting a rectangle 4cm wide and 3cm wide and cut the last part to make a triangle and quadrilateral., Their first job was to make a piece for a house with four pieces, their next job was to combine all the pieces with a friend to make a bigger house, and the last job was for the...

• Understanding Spatial & Visual Thinking
March 11, 2014

Spatial thinking generally refers to three dimensional thinking and involves getting hands on an building, constructing and manipulating objects., Carpenters, sculptures, architects, engineers, surgeons, molecular biologists all use spatial thinking. We also cover visual thinking. This generally refers to two dimensional thinking and includes:, , seeing, drawing, imagining, , Artists, designers, illustrators, web designers, filmmakers, radiologists, mechanical engineers, molecular...

• A Context for Maths
March 05, 2014

Ann spotted these price tickets in a variety store and just had to get a set. "I think there is a problematised siutation inside this packet!" she thought. This blog shows how the price tickets were used and asks you to reflect of the importance of using money as a context for maths...

• Mathematical Insight
March 03, 2014

This story is based on a moment of mathematical discovery made by a group of students from Shijiahuang in the Hebei Province of China. Not only did the group make a mathematical discovery that no one had made before them, but their insight became the starting point for my own investigations of magic hexagons, a topic that has led to many fascinating results...