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- New MOTM
At short notice, and as a result of strong local pressure to follow up on a successful previous series, we have organised Series 9 Maths on the Move. This will be a one day session at Cobdogla in the Riverland Region of South Australia on Saturday March 6th. The session will be Fractions in a Fraction of the Time. Please use this Application Form.
- Email Buddies
I now have 90 students across several schools using the Task Centre tasks for Home Lending. All are compiling a journal of their findings and need WORLDWIDE E-MAIL BUDDIES to share experiences, problems, solutions etc.
We would like to add our strong recommendation to become involved with Andy in this learning environment. He is probably the most experienced user of tasks and Maths300 in the UK and his work connecting parents and students through 'maths around the kitchen table' has been formally recognised as outstanding by the British Government. You can read Andy's formal presentation of the project in the Thorne Grammar link in Do Task Work? in the frame on the left.
Andy Martin, Thorne Grammar, Doncaster, England
- If you know of any school using tasks that want to share work via email please ask them to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I have also set up a dedicated email address for students to send comments, requests etc. This address is: email@example.com
- Would anyone out there who wants to try this mode of working please get in touch!!!
- New Arrangements
To provide an even more effective and efficient service for schools, and to build a platform from which the Mathematics Task Centre Project and Maths on the Move can continue to develop, Curriculum Corporation has arranged with Black Douglas Professional Education Services to manage all aspects of these programs from January 1st 2004. This includes receipt, distribution and invoicing of orders. All parties are delighted to be involved in the increased focus on support that this arrangement provides for teachers of mathematics at all levels. Check the Contacts link on the left for details of how to get in touch with us ... or check our new cartons.
- Cairns & Tablelands
Do you teach mathematics in either primary or secondary schools in the Cairns and Tablelands areas of Queensland?
Series 8 of Maths on the Move will take place there - one day in Cairns and one day in Atherton - on February 23rd and 24th, 2004. There are still places available, but applications are due to close on February 6th.
To apply for Series 8, print and fax this Application Form.
(The document was designed as a one page Word '97 document. If it doesn't print this way for you, then adjusting your page margins should help. )
- Maths With Attitude Framework
Our attitude to:
- LEARNING is ... learning is a personal journey stimulated by achievable challenge
- LEARNERS is ... stimulated students are creative and love to learn
- PEDAGOGY is ... pedagogy is the art of choosing teaching strategies to involve and interest all students
- MATHEMATICS is ... mathematics is concrete, visual and makes sense
- LEARNING MATHEMATICS is ... all students can learn to work like a mathematician
- TEACHERS is ... the teacher is the most important resource in education
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is ... teachers improve their teaching by re-enacting stories from the classrooms of their colleagues
These attitudes scaffold Maths With Attitude kits, and each kit offers integrated use of:
- hands-on problem solving
- whole class investigations
- software and
- your local text book requirements.
Kits are available for Years 3/4, Years 5/6 and Years 7/8. There are four kits at each of these grade levels:
and between them they offer 25 weeks of integrated material, leaving plenty of time to include the best of local practice. Please consider the information in the Resources link.
- Number & Computation
- Chance & Measurement
- Space & Logic
- Pattern & Algebra
- Your school must be a member of Maths300 to be able to use this resource. Further information about Maths300 can be found in the Tasks & Task Kits link in Resources, or in the Web Sites link on the left.
- Kits for Years 9/10 will be released through 2004.
- New MWA Kits for Years 7 & 8
Just released in time for the start of the Australian school year:
The suite of kits for this level is now complete. See Maths With Attitude in Resources link for details of the tasks and lessons included.
- Space & Logic Years 7 & 8
- Chance & Measurement Years 7 & 8
- Numeracy Circles
Andy Martin's work engaging family groups and email buddies in discussion and exploration of tasks reminded us of the exciting new research being undertaken by Caty Morris, Project Officer, Primary Years Aboriginal Education, South Australia. Caty has been developing Numeracy Circles as a result of her success in previous years with literature circles.
Numeracy Circles are small groups of students gathered together to discuss a task, within a structure encouraging critical thinking. Caty is using tasks from the Task Centre Kit for Indigenous Students as the source of the problem-solving challenges. Through discussion and extended written and artistic response students gain a deeper understanding of what they have done. Each person takes on a particular role in the group to encourage them to personally discuss and contribute.
Caty's work is not finalised, but it is producing valuable results. If you would like to learn more, contact Caty Morris at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Library Kit Link
Have you noticed the additional link in the frame on the left to the Library Kit for Home Lending? Check it out for:
Perhaps these kits should be in local community libraries as well as school libraries.
- a description of the content and purpose of these Primary and Secondary kits
- solutions to the tasks in the Primary Kit
- a permanent link to Andy Martin's Problem Solving eBuddies information
- New Task
Task 233, Money, Money, Money
This task uses paper play money and the story shell of a teller at the First Mathematical Bank to pose challenges about the way change has been given to Clients A, B, C, D. The presence of the material means that all the challenges can be solved concretely (albeit in some cases with a little difficulty), but the iceberg of the task is its link to the solution of simultaneous equations.
The task is listed in the latest catalogue, which you can find in the Documents link.
- New Integrating Tasks Link
To better support schools in making tasks a core component of the curriculum, we have added the Integrating Tasks link on the left. It contains a growing list of models, structures and unit plans that have worked for others. It also provides a place for you to record the unique structures that have worked for you.
- Size 13 Sphinx
Several months ago Andy Martin promised us a photo of the Size 13 Sphinx built by Amy and Emma his Year 7 students. The photo has now arrived and has been included in the Sphinx Album link.
- Throwing The Gauntlet
The gauntlet has been thrown down! The challenge has been accepted! Emma and Amy are going to build the Size 23 Sphinx before anyone else, even though they have used up all of their teacher's current stock of Sphinx Shapes. Read their email in the Sphinx Album link on the left.
- A Matter of Proof
While you are looking in the Sphinx Album, take a look at the proof offered by Paul Elliott, a Year 13 student from the same school as Amy & Emma. Paul has proven that every size Sphinx can be made. That doesn't make the girls' job any easier, but it at least tells them it is possible to achieve their objective.
- Did you miss the December News?
If so you missed information about:
- a Christmas Sphinx
- a Size 19 Sphinx
- documents for consultants
- documents for all
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