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November 2014

In this edition of the News you will find:

Red Square  Mathematics Centre at December Conference

Red Square  Mathematics Centre at AISA Cape Town

Red Square  Mathematics Centre at Malmö Biennette

Red Square  Mathematics Centre at Your Place

Red Square  Update to Mushroom Hunt

Red Square  Down To Business

Red Square  Tasks of the Month
Task 196, Cross & Square
Task 197, Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Mathematics Centre at December Conference

    The annual Mathematical Association of Victoria conference is coming up on December 4th & 5th. Doug Williams will be presenting six Mathematics Centre workshops.

    • Give Them a Choice
      - Double session A-B3
    • Picture Puzzles
      - Session C21
    • Taking Tricubes to the Limit
      - Session D21
    • Maths With Attitude: An Alternative to Text-Based Learning
      - Session E16
    • Nine & Over: Adventures in Place Value
      - Double session F-G1
    • Kids, Cup Cakes & Poster Puzzles
      - Session H11

    See Link List below for a link to registration, which closes on November 30th.

  • Mathematics Centre at AISA Cape Town

    March 8th to 11th, 2015, we will be presenting two full day institutes and one 3 hour workshop at the conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).

    • Institute 1: Learning to Work Like a Mathematician (Primary)
    • Institute 2: Learning to Work Like a Mathematician (Secondary)
    • Workshop: Give Them A Choice

    This conference is for AISA members among our readers. See Link List below for a link to registration.

  • Mathematics Centre at Malmö Biennette

    March 14th, 2015, Doug Williams will be presenting two one hour Mathematics Centre workshops at this one day conference.

    • Workshop 1: Matematikaktiviteter som skapar möjligheter till 'aha' upplevelser F-6
    • Workshop 2: Arbeta matematiskt 7-9, Gy

    This conference is for all Swedish teachers. See Link List below for a link to registration.

  • Down To Business

    Mathematics Centre is a professional development resource. Doug Williams manages the professional learning, web site and communications. Ina Koetsier manages resources and distribution. All our resources support a Working Mathematically curriculum and many can only be purchased through Mathematics Centre. The feedback we have is that our resources are valued. For example:

    We have used Poly Plugs this year with multiplication/division/arrays/fractions etc. Kids love using them.
    Erika Tokich, Year 3, Good Shepherd School, Amaroo
    Ina intends to retire, therefore, her part of the business is for sale. If a buyer becomes available, Ina and Doug will work closely with them to pass on the knowledge and experience which underpins the value and good will of the business.

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  • Mathematics Centre at Your Place

    Are you thinking about mathematics professional development for 2015. School, cluster or system; we might be able to help. We have experience at all levels of education. Our focus is on the teaching craft that encourages learning to work like a mathematician through an investigation-based curriculum. Let's talk.

    See Link List below for more about our Professional Development.

  • Update to Mushroom Hunt

    If you have ever tried Task 38, Mushroom Hunt, you will know that it isn't straightforward. It doesn't require a deep knowledge of mathematics to solve, but it does require some serious reasoning and does lead into extensive pattern work, powers and binary numbers. That's why it is really exciting to have included a sample journal page from a Year 3 student at Crawley Ridge Junior School, Surrey, England, who has this task nailed.

    See Link List below.

  • Tasks of the Month
    Two new cameos this month.
    The Task Cameo Content Finder has been updated to include these tasks.

    • Cross & Square Students begin with four shapes and find that they can make both a cross and a square. It's a not-too-difficult spatial task, but then the areas of both shapes are measured. Oops! They are made from the same pieces, but their areas seem to be different by one square. Why? The problem can be answered at a simple level or it can be answered with the help of Pythagoras and the difference between two squares.
    • Chocolate Chip Cookies is a simulation of a problem with connections to the commercial world. A company wants to make batches of six cookies and guarantee there are at least three chocolate chips in each cookie. How many chips need to go into the batch mixture to be reasonably certain of the right number? Students need to collect sufficient data to be able to justify advising the company about the number of chips in the batch.
    Cross & Square      Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Click a photo to access its cameo, or access all current cameos through the Link List below.

Keep smiling,
Doug.
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Link List

  • Did you miss the Previous News?
    If so you missed information about:
    1. Picture Puzzles: Another New Menu
    2. More Cube Tube Videos
    3. Arbetsplats i Sverige
    4. Down To Business
    5. Iceberg Information about two Tasks of the Month
      (Tasks 191, 195)
    6. ...and more...

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