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We are delighted to have formed an arrangement with Critical Agendas which will deliver several Maths on the Move workshops around Melbourne in the merry month of May. The programme is:
Different titles, different content, but all within one framework:
All children can learn to work like a mathematician in happy, healthy, cheerful, productive, inspiring classrooms.Choose one session, some sessions or all sessions. Sessions are limited to workshop size, so first in best dressed. May is not that far away, so this is not an opportunity to put off until later.
All bookings are being handled by Critical Agendas as explained in the PDF fliers linked below.
Congratulations to Buninyong Primary School which was the first current member of Calculating Changes to order the manual and CD-ROM and take advantage of the almost half price offer on Poly Plug which has been introduced to celebrate the release of WMI. With over 100 extra PP in the school, there must be all sorts of exciting learning going on there.
Congratulations also to Maramba Primary School which was first to become a new member by taking advantage of the 25% discount on both the membership and the WMI kit. To their credit they have also arranged professional development sessions to help them make best use of their new teaching resources.
Working Mathematically with Infants includes 44 Threaded Activities and 48 Investigations planned across 6 semesters of number work from Year K to Year 2. That's 10 weeks of planned, integrated, hands-on number sense development in each semester; all within the context of all children learning to work like a mathematician. The program leaves room for you to include the best of what you already do and integrates with the use of Maths With Attitude in Year 3 and beyond.
The release of WMI happens to coincide with publication by the Mathematical Association UK, in its journal Primary Mathematics, of an article titled "Aha! Teaching Maths is Simple" which is built around the work of Calculating Changes. This article is included as one of the many extras on the WMI CD-ROM. Other extras include presentations from teachers involved in Engineering 'aha' Moments workshops, who detail 'aha' moments in teaching that they experienced through the professional development and how those moments have influenced their teaching, their school and, most importantly, the children's learning.
To explore Working Mathematically with Infants further, including reading the first section of the manual, see the Link List below.
The school is a feeder for St. Francis Xavier College, Berwick, where Joe Marsiglio and the team have set up their own Task Centre. Students at the college are timetabled into the centre once a cycle, but Joe is not only interested in supporting better maths education in his own school. Since the establishment of his centre, Joe has invited teachers from feeder schools to bring their classes to the Task Centre for a 'try before you buy' session. Then he has supported visiting teachers with a suitcase of tasks that they borrow to use back at school for a while - great idea!
Rosa Mitchell, Deputy Principal and Numeracy Leader at St. Pat's told me at the workshop that when she experienced the level of energy and excitement about mathematics displayed by her Year s 5 & 6 children on return from SFX, she simply had to bring tasks into her school. With the great team I met there on the day, I am sure that energy will already be spreading across the school.
Learn more about the St. Francis Xavier College program in the Link List below.