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Halloween Blog

What can we learn from the workings of our students? Ann demonstrates what we can see and 'what next' using 4 Halloween work samples in this blog post.

A Blog from Ernabella

Ann describes the huge growth in a school she has supported over time.

A Kmart addiction on the way!

Poor Johnny is worried I'll be collecting toys for maths next. In this blog we look at a toy for data collection.

Natural Maths and the Big Ideas

We are frequently asked about the links between the Big Ideas in Number and Natural Maths key ideas. Ann explains the many connections.

What’s a Milligram?

Picture books to the rescue as we explore 'milligams'.

Holiday Tidy Up

To throw away or not to throw away - the endless dilemma for a maths book lover and gem hunter. Multiplication find in this one!

Old Maths Textbooks – a Treasure Trove or Trash?

What little treasures are hidden (we'll hidden in most cases) in old maths text books?

A Perimeter Mental Routine

Mental Routines are just for numbers? Well ... No!! Try this perimeter one.

Creating a 2D Shape Unit

Ann takes us through the process for developing a unit on 2D shapes - without a worksheet of course!

Perfect Square – yet another Must Have book

Need a 'shape' addition to your book collection? Can't look past this one!

Questions can only be as rich as the task

How rich are your tasks? Do they enable rich questions and deep thinking?

Place Value and Measurement

Apparently, after a 15-minute break, most students cannot remember what was on the worksheet they were doing before the break. Learn how to make maths learning slow, deep and fun.

A No Worksheet Required Subtraction Assessment

How do I know if my students have made the connection between additional and subtraction?

How much time should we spend on subtraction?

How long do you spend on subtraction? Ann explores just how complex this learning is, and how much time you might need to put aside for effective learning.

Assessment through problematized situations

As I visit schools I see worksheets everywhere and want teachers to know there are better options.

No Worksheet Required for Assessment

I know I keep banging on about worksheets but there really are great alternatives. Read about place value work at a great South Australian school.

The Last Number

Ann spends a LOT of time in schools. Her latest crusade is COUNTING. Read about why your students should be counting forwards and back daily.

Assessment through problematized situations not worksheets

How open ended are your assessment processes ... Ann explores using Problematised Situations here.

On the bookshelf

Found another great book in my travels in Mount Gambier.

Help or Hindrance?

This blog post explores how our role impacts on learner behaviour and resilience.

Okay, so I've been to Aldi again

Book shopping? Me! Oops. Yes!

Easter Maths Puzzles

Ann is thinking about Easter, coming up soon, and has differentiated puzzle suggestions.

Another Anno book to stretch older students

On a roll with Anno picture books. This one is a hidden gem for older students.

Multiplicative thinking with Anno's Magic Seeds

We often think to use picture books with younger students, but they can be very helpful with older students too. Check out this one for multiplicative thinking.

Just a little whinge

How are your learners going with their number formation ... Ann explores some ideas here.

Never too old for a maths picture book

Key to middle and upper primary mathematics success is multiplicative thinking. Here's how Ann uses a picture book to teach it.

Place Value with jigsaw puzzle pieces

Ever thought of using cheap op-shop jigsaws to teach place value? Ann has ...

A Picture Book for Place Value

Books are treasures and this one is no exception offering great opportunities to explore place value.

Finding out what they know about fractions

How effective is your FRACTIONS teaching? How do you find out what students know.... it is easily done without worksheets, while obtaining a LOT more information about the starting points for and progress of your students.

Tools to help students think and remember

Ann writes about setting up learning spaces for quality thinking and recall and the best maths year ever.

No Worksheet Required for Formative Assessment

If you are getting ready to find out how your students are going with maths, ready for the new year, check out the latest blog from Ann on using a simple, open ended problem to see where they are all up to.

What a great start to 2019

Ann reflects on her work with teachers at the start of 2019.

Learning to Count On with fiction

There are absolutely key skills that MUST be embedded if our students are to be successful mathematicians. Ann explains how a favourite book can help.

Christmas themed Place Value

In this blog post, Ann explores place value with the book 100 people and creates a Santa Scape

Ann goes shopping again

Once again Ann finds a flexible resource while out shopping. Check out how she uses foam numbers.

My Little Shop

Capitalise on current interests to create mental routines and other authentic numeracy/mathematics learning opportunities in your classroom.

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Finger print art books stimulate Ann's interest this time - what books are your favourites?

Using a picture book to develop fluency and understanding

Ann explores how nose picking can lead to building fluency and understanding with the great book "The Nose Pixies".

Royal Show Time

We'll soon have the annual Adelaide Royal Show. There are shows everywhere around the nation, and showbags are a popular showtime treat. Read how Ann turns them into problematised situations.

The Dangers of Shopping

Ann went out to Aldi to shop for their gorgeous B&B cottages - and came across 'The Very Brave Bear' by Nick Bland. Why would that be?

Preventing the Numeracy Gap

Want to hear what I have been working on lately? I am absolutely committed to helping teachers prevent students from being victims of the numeracy gap! Every child needs the best opportunity to be numerate!

Teaching TIME with fiction ...

Fiction is a brilliant way to stimulate mathematical learning. In this blog post, Ann explores Hickory, Dickory, Dash as stimulus for working in short time spans.

Looking for help to teach angles - have you considered a strategy mat?

Strategy Mats: tools for learning

What is a strategy mat? Why would I use one?

Easter Challenges for Middle and Upper Primary

Johnny has set the bar high with these Easter challenges for middle and upper primary students. Can you solve them? Answers included.

No Worksheet Required

No Worksheet Required! Ann writes about why Maths worksheets are not worth the paper they are written on.

Place Value musings at the Alice Springs airport

I'm on my way to Ernabella and I am doing some thinking about place value.

Developing a sense of 'muchness'

Quantity is a tricky thing to learn - it takes a lot of experience. How much experience do your students get?

Everyday Problematised Situations

Engaging our students in active use of their developing number sense, skills and knowledge requires careful crafting of problematised situations. Ann explains one here.

Snakes in problematised situations?

Absolutely anything can become the source of a problematised situation. Check out how Ann made a snake pattern one!

Problematised situations everywhere

Are you finding problematised situations everywhere yet?

Measurement Kits for open ended fun and learning

Ditch that worksheet and provide an open ended measurement task that not only challenges students to learn, but gives you a window into their strategies and thinking.

Owl inspiration for problematised situations

Problematised situations are a key to successful numeracy blocks or effective maths lessons. See how Ann drew inspiration from a notebook cover!

Making 9

One can make all levels of challenge with even the simplest of materials. Check out this challenge - make '9' with all of the digits 1 to 8. How did you go?

A Symmetry Mini-Investigation

To really understand symmetry, one needs to experience it, hands-on! Here are some ideas for practical symmetry experiences.

Cracking the 'teen number' code

It seems that all students go through a phase with misunderstanding teen numbers. Ann explains why and introduces some strategies to help out.

Are you and your class journalling?

Reflection is the third part of effective maths lessons and numeracy blocks. Journalling is a terrific way to reflect on the learning from the lesson, with your class.

Preparing for the New Year

What's on your shopping list for maths this year?

Problematised Dino Situation

A key part of an effective numeracy block is a problematised situation. Check out this year 1/2 dinosaur problem.

Problematising Halloween

With Halloween rapidly approaching, there are great opportunities to explore mathematics challenges - problematised situations.

Great Books for Halloween Maths

We always love books for stimulating maths conversations, here are some favourites for Halloween.

Turtle’s Tall Tale

So many of you went out and bought Turtles Tall Tale and now want me to share some ideas about how I might use the book that I thought I’d share a few thoughts.

Does it Matter - Fractions

This DOES IT MATTER tackles some very common misconceptions about fractions and common error patterns that often go unnoticed.

Does it Matter - Subtraction

Use this DOES IT MATTER to initiate conversations about how order impacts on subtraction.

Does it Matter - Measurement

This is the third activity in our 'does it matter' series. This week we are looking at common misconceptions and error patterns related to linear measurement.

Does it Matter - Shape

In the second blog post in the 'Does it Matter' series, Ann explores challenges students have with understanding shape.

The first of 10 blog posts exploring common errors in mathematics and practical strategies to explore them with your class.

Differentiation in Maths

Learn about our 6 tips for effective mathematics differentiation and see them in action.

Seeing Dots

Subitizing, estimating and quantifying; dominant themes in the Early Years, illustrated with dots.

Jersey Maths

Young sports fans inspired to try some maths.

Upcycle and Play with Maths Ideas

The first in a series of 3 posts on using upcycled materials in your maths program.

Subitizing with Coloured Beans

Practice subitizing with upcycled materials to build fluency.

Lots of Beans

Still playing with beans, but cranking it up in Upcycling post 3.