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News

September 2010

In this month's News you will find:

Red Square  Maths, Maths, Maths With Attitude World

Red Square  Professional Development Developments

Red Square  Resources & Ordering Upgrade

Red Square  History of the Maths Mat

Red Square  For Footy Fans

Red Square  MacMaths Revealed

Red Square  Maths Not At The Movies
A new Web Paper

Red Square  Tasks of the Month
Task 109, Number Game
Task 110, Who Lives Where?

784 tasks placed in schools during August.
325,821 placed since the project began in July 1992.

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Note Paper

Simon has since negotiated an order for 4 MWA kits which are on their way to Indonesia.

Clearly one reason why MWA is used so widely is that it is generic, as is its recently released partner Working Mathematically with Infants (WMI). That is, it will support teachers to provide a Working Mathematically Core Curriculum while addressing any official document in any state or country.

The Maths With Attitude approach to which Simon refers is a suite of curriculum documents for Years 3-10 produced for its members by the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV). Our one page description of the Working Mathematically Process (see Link List below) heads each of these documents and the resources assumed are MWA kits plus other MAV materials. For every year level the MAV supplies 34 weeks of planned syllabus in two semesters which addresses, and is linked to, every requirement of the Victorian government syllabus.

  • Tasks of the Month
    Two new cameos this month.
    • Number Game is similar to a television game show current on the SBS network in Australia. Each student is dealt seven cards and one is turned up. Students compete to obtain the highest score by combining the cards according to a brief set of rules to obtain the same number as the Turn Up card. Rules have been chosen to encourage the use of division.
    • Who Lives Where? One of number of language and logic puzzles in the collection. This one is reasonably straight forward but still involves several subtleties of language and reasoning.
    Number Game      Who Lives Where?
    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 August?
    If so you missed information about:
    1. Evidence of effective professional development continuing from a previous 6 day Engineering 'aha' Moments in Algebra course.
    2. A new page added to the site to promote alternative assessment practices.
    3. Growing success for Swedish Maths Factories based on Maths With Attitude.
    4. Rotagrams now made in Australia and added to our collection of support resources
    5. A story shell added to the cameo for Task 6, Counter Escape
    6. Iceberg Information about two Tasks of the Month (Tasks 106, 178)
    7. ...and more...

Did You Know?

  • You can find tasks coded by Year Level and Curriculum Strand in the Task Centre Catalogue (PDF file).

  • The Activities link of Calculating Changes offers Content Finder & Year Level Finder tools.

  • Our Site Map acts as a Table of Contents to help you find what you need in Mathematics Centre.

  • You can search for lessons by Year Level, Curriculum Strand, Lesson Features & Keyword at Maths300.

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