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Put Me In The Zoo
from the Calculating Changes activity
Working With Books
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Search Mathematics Centre
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- Calculating Changes Content Finder
Over 100 number sense activities K - 8 listed by content (some are members only)
- Task Cameo Content Finder
- 241 hands-on problem solving activities 2 - 10 listed by content (freely available)
- Task Library
- 'Book Cover' style presentation of all tasks, each linked to its teaching notes (Task Cameos)
- Maths At Home
- 70+ activities and investigations adapted to home learning, with parent support as appropriate
- Use Working with Mathematics Centre (PDF) for more key links.
Overview of our:
- News for this month and a history of news back to October 2001
Research & Stories
Formal research and teacher stories to support the proposition that when students are learning to work like a mathematician in best practice classrooms, they develop (a) better problem solving ability, (b) better mathematical skills, and (c) better literacy.
INISSS research learnt from, and built on, successes with Indigenous students that became apparent from 1993 through a Northern Territory professional development project involving the use of Tasks in remote communities. Tasks have also been successfully introduced to Native American schools.
- Indigenous Students
and links to research and stories from the section above which directly involve Indigenous students.
Articles to support the concept of learning to work like a mathematician.
Find the people you need to help you.
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PD from MC is our suite of 'off-the-shelf' professional development programs designed to be taken to schools, districts, clusters and systems anywhere:
Professional Development Partnerships
We also tailor programs to suit your needs and use a variety of other models for professional learning.
Mathematics Task Centre
Information about hands-on problem solving tasks and how to use them as an invitation to pairs of students to work like a mathematician:
- Mathematics Task Centre
- What is a task?
... a very brief history of tasks in schools since the first task centre was established in March 1977.
- Task Library
... a photo of every task and, where available, each photo linked to its Task Cameo.
- Task Cameos
... & other Iceberg Information that supports teachers to ask the questions that deepen the investigation. This link includes:
- Tasks & Maths300 (PDF) which lists those tasks which have a companion Maths300 lesson.
- Task Cameo Content Finder
... a detailed generic list of mathematics content with links to every task which addresses that content.
- Task Centre Manual (20 page summary - PDF file)
- Recording Sheets for tasks
- a wide range of other documents that support your curriculum and our workshops and provide research support for learning to work like a mathematician
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- Recording & Publishing
... photos and slideshows showing student work
... sample assessment practices when using tasks either with two students or as a whole class investigation.
- Integrating Tasks
- Poster Problem Clinic
- Puzzle Olympics
... create a fun, purposeful special event around your tasks; fully documented support to make organising easy
- Maths With Attitude
... comprehensive, integrated, flexible kits based around Tasks, Maths300 and Planners that offer up to 25 weeks of investigative work in each year from Year 3 to Year 10.
- Working Mathematically with Infants
... 60 weeks of planned investigative number work for Years K - 2 that prepares for, and integrates with, Maths With Attitude.
- Menu Maths @ Café Conundrum
... the concept of student choice from a menu of investigations - create your own menus or use Menu Maths Packs with Poly Plug as the featured 'ingredient' of the menu.
- Resources & Ordering
... catalogue, costs & ordering of tasks, tasks in kits and support resources.
- Maths Around the Kitchen Table
... mathematical problem solving at home with the family.
- A Sense of History
... our project began in July 1992 and this section records snippets from history back as far as an article in the Times Education Supplement in June 1994.
An introduction to our site for primary teachers which focuses on engineering 'aha' moments in number as a way of enhancing students' number sense beyond what is normally expected. Preferred materials for this network are Poly Plug and calculators.
One screen, two learners, concrete materials and a challenge.
One learner cannot have a mathematical conversation with a screen. Two learners can have a mathematical conversation about a screen. Picture Puzzles generate that conversation through supported achievable challenges that involve learners using their hands off the screen.
Our introduction to a site for primary and secondary teachers which provides lesson plans and some software to support teachers wishing to model how a mathematician works through whole class investigations.
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Resources & Ordering
Full details of eTasks, Poly Plug and support resources and how to order them through our world-wide service. Options to suit a wide range of educational and budgetary requirements at all levels of primary and secondary schools.
Our most popular support resource, probably because of its classroom friendliness. Preferred for Calculating Changes, used to convert many Tasks and Maths300 lessons to whole class investigations and it has its own resource book of Strategy Games.
Teaching notes for each task including reasoning, answers, extensions and converting the task to a whole class investigation. Cameos freely available for all 241 tasks.
Ideas for offering students choice in their own learning and Menu Maths Packs as a resource for bridging into using tasks.
Maths With Attitude
Full details about our collection of 16 comprehensive, integrated, eManuals that provide 25 weeks of investigative work for each Year from 3 to 10. Each eManual references 20 eTasks and includes Planners with week by week, lesson by lesson directions for TWO year levels. Membership of Maths300 is preferred to obtain greatest value from the manuals. Planners and text throughout each manual link to Task Cameos and frequently refer to Maths300 lesson plans. Non-members of Maths300 need to adapt the unit plans.
- Maths With Attitude
- Which eTasks and Maths300 Lessons?
... existing Maths With Attitude planners with additional tasks and Maths300 lessons.
Working Mathematically with Infants
A comprehensive resource for developing enhanced number sense in Years K - 2 that integrates with the use of Maths With Attitude in later years. 60 weeks of threaded activities and investigations across the first three years of school - 10 weeks per semester in detailed planners. Kit includes 25 Poly Plug and Manual. Membership of Calculating Changes is a pre-requisite of purchase since the majority of teacher support is delivered through the web site. Membership is a once only cost.
Sphinx Album & Iceberg of the Sphinx
An anthology of investigations and ideas contributed from classrooms all over the world exploring the depths of Task 166, Sphinx. Every task is in our collection because it has the potential to be expanded in this way.
You are advised not to enter these links unless you have plenty of time to play around - it can become absorbing!