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|Indigenous Students Working Mathematically
|Flinders Christian College
|Matt's Mat & mini-Whiteboards
|Sphinx Keeps Growing
|Point Symmetry Improved
Secondary Library Kit
The intention of the workshop will be to tell stories from Indigenous classrooms and stories about Indigenous students to uplift, resource and encourage participants who are working with Indigenous students.
WE NEED MORE OF YOUR STORIES.
If you have been involved in Indigenous learning using the Task Centre materials and related resources and have been excited about the developments you have seen in your students, please send text, photos, scans etc. with permission for us to use the information. Anything from a paragraph to an encyclopedia would be welcome.
USA readers take note. We know that our Indigenous material has been used in some of your schools too, so let's hear some of your stories.
This year we have programmed a range of Tasks/Maths 300 lessons across Years 7-10 so the staff are becoming more familiar. We are also getting staff to present one task/lesson each at faculty meetings through the year so that each person in the faculty becomes familiar with at least 10-15 new activities. The level of enthusiasm amongst staff and students is encouraging and we are appreciative of all of the work you have put into the Maths With Attitude kits - they are fantastic!!Of course the hard work is being done by Michael and his team and it's great to hear of a staff working together so enthusiastically and seeing the results of their efforts. However, there is a big background thank you in Michael's note to all the teachers in all the schools who, over many years, have been willing to enter the debate about what makes maths teaching better; and willing to share the best of what they have done in a way that we have been able to collect and structure.
Thanks once again for all of your hard work - it is making maths relevant and meaningful to lots of students!!
You are also encouraged to become engaged in this debate through the tasks and investigative lessons built on them. It only takes a paragraph like Michael's to share your efforts more widely.
His latest work is a digital drawing of a Size 21, which shows incredible mastery of drawing tools for one so young, and an excellent understanding of the factors involved in creating larger size Sphinxes. From that he has explained how to make a Size 23, construction of which has, to this time, eluded his school mates Amy & Emma. But chivalry is not dead. In creating his solution, Robert has asked that it be named the Amy & Emma.
See Robert's work in the Sphinx Album link on the left.
What is also generating interest are the mini-Whiteboards I tote around with me. Using whiteboard markers kids record their data, then walk up to a whiteboard to contribute to the 'community data'. It is the first time I've integrated them consistently into what I've been doing, and I was stunned with the reaction of the teachers. This stuff is on 6mm plywood, rather than the 20mm plywood A3-size whiteboards in some schools (...which could be classified as a weapon!).We think others might find this resource useful too, so it has been added to the Resources link on the left.
I used them with Sultanas in Fruit Cake - a variation on the Maths300 Chocolate Chip Cookies lesson. Bringing the mini-Whiteboards out to the front was a convenient way of 'collecting the community data' as a precursor to jumping into a stem & leaf plot. Not an essential process, but nice.
The interesting and exciting special feature of this pack is that you purchase your concrete material from the MAV, then the students find their problem on the Point Symmetry web site - a very purposeful use of technology. Alternatively you can print all you need from the site. With a colour printer, the few sheets of paper involved turn out marvellously. The site is absolutely free so you can go there now and see exactly what you get for your money.
Our interest in the site has been rekindled this month with the addition of two new links. There is now a link where students can submit strategies for solving these problems. Several are suggested already. The other new link records applications of rotational symmetry. The application Designing Alloy Wheels & Trims already has a photo gallery of examples and a suggested project. The invitation is open to add similar examples for other applications.
Point symmetry has an important place in the curriculum from Years 4 - 11. Visit the site at:
We have some stock of the discontinued lines on the shelf and they are now available at substantial discount. Prices listed are for sales within Australia only. Clients from beyond Australia please ask for a quote. Prices include GST and delivery in Australia.
Discontinued Replacement UnitsTo order, fax your purchase order made out to Black Douglas Professional Education Services to (03) 9727 4644. State the items you want and add the words 'discontinued lines'. To talk further about this offer, ring (03) 9726 8316 or email:
- Now available at $299 each (were $357.50)
- Each kit is made up of 20 tasks and a manual of extensive notes and investigation sheets.
- Pattern & Algebra Upper Primary
(NB: The 20 tasks in this kit include doubles of three tasks.)
- Computation Upper Primary
- Computation Lower Secondary
Discontinued Mixed Media Unit 2: Fractions in Action
- Now available at $220 each (were $302.50)
- Each kit is made up of 10 tasks, two manuals of extensive notes and investigation sheets and software on floppy disk.
- The software is for Windows only and is an earlier version of Fraction Estimation which is now on Maths300.
- The software is sold with a Campus Licence giving the purchaser the right to use it on any number of computers on the one physical campus.
NOTE: The Chance & Data Replacement Unit which is designed for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary classes, and Mixed Media Unit 1, Points of View, remain on our Resources list as examples of two different unit plans which integrate hands-on problem solving into the mathematics curriculum. Maths With Attitude requires Maths300 Membership. These Units do not.