- Professional Development at Work
Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
|Professional development has been the order of the day in the last few weeks. Sydney and Canberra back in March, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) conference at Swansea the week before Easter, the next two weeks at various education communities through Sweden and Finland ... and still two more weeks of presentations in Sweden. It's wonderful to think that such a large web of teachers around the world are all interested in building classrooms in which students are learning to work like a mathematician, or på svenska, lära sig arbeta som en matematiker.
Over decades, thousands of teachers and students have contributed to what we know about this vision of mathematics education and now the contributions flow from all over the world. This is evident in the links below for Squound and Star Numbers, as well as in this collection of comments from recent workshops.
Steps, Task 176, as a whole class investigation with teachers in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
This two day workshop, which included two Discussion Lessons, was tailored to support the school's work with girls having difficulty learning mathematics in both primary and secondary school. However, staff clearly saw that the principles and practice were applicable to all students.
- Really good, practical course - great to actually 'do' the activities using the materials the girls will use - and to navigate around the web sites as we go. Fantastic discussion resulted amongst participants - lots of principles relate across many stages.
- The course was great. It was completely relevant to department goals and the college goal of student engagement. Dialogue between the prep, junior and secondary school was so valuable.
- Very beneficial for all who were present as this course gives teachers strategies in order to assist students who have special needs or gaps in numeracy.
- The course was very relevant and the use of materials was brilliant. It could be used for any level and it brings to us that maths is fun and can be brought to life.
- Provided teachers with ideas of how to reach maths using hands-on investigations linked to syllabus strands. This will assist staff to make progress away from use of text books. Activities focus heavily on Working Mathematically strand - use of reasoning, communicating knowledge and applying it.
Menu Maths at Örnsköldsvik.
Thanks for the message James. Perhaps Task 18, Same or Different, will be your next adventure.
- These menus make it much easier for teachers to introduce investigations into their curriculum.
Just to let you know - I did Greedy Pig again today. Twice. Year 8 - basic stem & leaf. Year 9 Set 1 - Quartiles, strategies. hanks so much for this task!
Learn more about our Professional Development courses from the Link List below.
- Working Mathematically with Infants: Full day workshop
This is our next workshop in Australia. It will be held on May 8th in Ivanhoe, Victoria and is being organised through Critical Agendas. At time of writing there are still places available for teachers of 5 - 7 year old children. Please pass this information on to your Prep to 2 teachers. We wouldn't want anyone to find out too late.
- See the Link List below to find:
- the application form with more details
- one school's excitement about their success with WMI
- details of the WMI kit.
- More on Squound
Why is Marlin looking so happy about her solution to Task 139, Squound? Simple. She had a strategy for an organised search. She persisted regardless of the approaches taken by others in the session. She found the solution to the number of Squound questions for 12 counters and it was a thrill.
Marlin has also laid a foundation for finding the number of Squound questions for any number of counters.
Full details in the Link List below (including a close up of Marlin's solution).
- Maths300 Software
A new version of Maths300 software has been released. It has revisions of a small number of programs within the range available. It is important to keep up with the latest version of the software, so, if you are a member and have your own computer, you are invited to visit, download and install. If you use Maths300 on a network, this is a good time to request that your Network Adminstrator downloads the installation file ready for the next re-imaging of the network. See Link List below.
- Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
- Garden Beds presents a story shell of a gardener planting a single row of plants and bordering them with paving tiles. It is rich in arithmetic calculations, pattern, alternative generalisations and opportunities for symbolic representation. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop algebraic concepts and skills through concrete, visual experiences.
- Star Numbers is instantly appealing. Colour and shape attract the eye and stimulate the mind to see patterns and seek for more. And there are more. The obvious square with four triangles is only the start. The tasks offers a visual algebra experience which can be tackled through patterns of square and triangle numbers, and can lead into quadratic algebra. The cameo contains a wonderful report from one Year 9 student working like a mathematician.
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