||If the guiding objective of the curriculum is to teach students to work like a mathematician, then recording and publishing are appropriate because that's what mathematicians do. However, what to record, how often to record and in what form to record are management issues faced by all teachers using tasks. Each aspect can take several forms:
Teachers cannot assume students understand what it means to publish in mathematics. To do so is a genre of 'writing' and it has to be modelled. You must teach what it means to prepare a maths report and students must see models of what you expect in a 'good' report.
- Recording might be on a teacher-designed sheet or in a journal/diary/drafting book.
- Publishing might be as a display, a video, a PowerPoint presentation, a paragraph in the the school newsletter, a report to the local paper, and so on.
Using the lesson below Learning to Write a Maths Report will help your students learn the publishing process. It is based around Task 45, Eric The Sheep, and includes a student PowerPoint presentation. However, you can adapt the lesson to be used with the whole class investigation life of any task.
Other examples from various classrooms suggest several ways recording and publishing can be developed.
Additional contributions from your classroom are welcome.
Task 65, Shape Algebra
Task 11, Lining Up
Recording at Ashburton Primary School
...a first try at recording task work in Years 4 & 5 and
examples of development over a term in Year 4.
Journal Entries for Red to Blue
...Year 8, Lilydale High School
Video Recording of Red to Blue Solution
...Year 6, Camberwell Primary School
Journals at Trinity Academy
...introducing Home/School lending
Recording at Settlebeck High School
...a first pass at recording Task investigations
Nic Dale's Story
...student journals as evidence of PD changing teaching practice
...one school's approach to including parents
Learning to Write a Maths Report
...teaching notes for a lesson modelling report preparation
Learning to Write a Maths Report 2
...5 Square Reporting scaffold (includes student work sample)
Sample Maths Reports from Mackillop College
The school integrates tasks into the curriculum. They invite students to work on tasks in depth, sometimes led beyond the card using an Investigation Guide, and to report on their investigations. These two reports are from different Year 10 students who investigated Task 101, Pyramid Puzzle.
The reports are useful for what they show of the students' work, but also because they illustrate how their teacher, Damian Howison, has added encouraging and supportive comments to their reports electronically. Damian's comments are based on an assessment rubric the staff designed and refined over time. You can find that on our Assessment page.
Posters from Wade High School
Damian has also submitted this report by Connor Gibbins, Year 7, on Task 82, Snail Trail. You can also read about the process the school has developed to encourage this level of report writing.
...displays from a unit of investigation work
PowerPoint from Evatt Primary School
...learn about the task and then view the students' PowerPoint
PowerPoint from Settlebeck High School
...slide show reports on investigations
Slide Show from Hillston Central School
Two Reports of Task 182, Jumping Kangaroos
Attached is a presentation on Eric the Sheep produced by Tiana and Emma, from Year 7 at Hillston Central School. They selected Eric the Sheep as their task to present to Mr Smyth's maths class. The students in this class have really enjoyed the Working Mathematically approach using the Maths With Attitude kits. They did their presentation in Powerpoint, which has been converted to a pdf.
...one Year 6 and one Year 7
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