In this month's News you will find:
New Tasks on the Move
Working with Mathematics Centre
Teaching Craft Video from ATM
Tasks of the Month
Task 133, Win At The Fair
Task 134, Eight Queens
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- New Tasks on the Move
Last month, Mathematics Task Centre announced an entirely recreated set of 241 hands-on problem solving tasks designed to invite students to work like a mathematician. Since then those tasks have been sent all over the world. There are already schools using them in Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales and two schools in Sweden. Where to next?
Several people commented on how good they looked in the sample photos last month, so we have included a different set of samples in the photos below just to help you to get a sense of the range and quality. Remember, if you would like to keep your current equipment and update your task cards, contact our Distribution Manager, Ina Koetsier, 03 9726 8316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Working with Mathematics Centre
Working with Mathematics Centre is another new document this month. It is designed to help you find your way around Mathematics Centre and find what you are looking for. We hope it makes it even easier to explore our rich alternatives to text-based learning. See Link List below.
- Teaching Craft Video from ATM
The Association of Teachers of Mathematics, UK, produces an excellent journal titled Mathematics Teaching. It has been a source of wonderful teaching ideas for decades. These days you can find it on the web and the July issue includes a 10 minute video of two colleagues exploring teaching craft using Task 154, 4 Arm Shapes. With permission, we have added it our Cube Tube collection. The video plays from YouTube. See Link List below.
- Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
- Win At The Fair offers a fairground style game that turns out to be badly designed. Well badly designed if you are the operator and want to make money from it. When enough data is collected, it becomes clear that the owner is paying out more than they are getting in. The challenge is to change the game so the owner makes a fair profit.
- Eight Queens is a recreational puzzle that grows from the game of chess. Can eight queens be placed on an 8 x 8 board so that no queen can be 'attacked' by any other. In how many ways? The challenge includes virtually every aspect of the process of working like a mathematician.
Click a photo to access its cameo, or access all current cameos through the Link List below.
- Did you miss July?
If so you missed information about:
- The release of 241 completely recreated tasks
- Iceberg of the Sphinx revised and refreshed
- Price changes - some up and some down
- Testimony to the value of Task 131, Walk The Plank
- Educators for Africa
- Iceberg Information about one Task of the Month
- ...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.
- You can connect Tasks to their Maths300 companion lesson using Tasks & Maths300 (a PDF file).
- All these links, and more, appear in Working with Mathematics Centre (a PDF file).
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