In this month's News you will find:
Tasks Are Back
Changes to Resource Support
A Note From Andy Martin
Tasks of the Month
Task 141, Flags From A Ship
Task 143, Hearts & Loops
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- Tasks Are Back
|Black Douglas is pleased to resume trading in Mathematics Task Centre tasks. We are now confident we hold copyright in these task cards. We look forward to continuing the heritage of hands-on mathematics learning through tasks that has been passed from teacher to teacher since its original conception in this form by Neville De Mestre in the mid-1970s.
We regret any inconvenience the recent suspension of trade in tasks may have caused teachers and schools. We look forward to supporting your professional development, and looking after you with a wide ranges of resources, through 2012 and beyond.
- Changes To Resource Support
and our web site remains the space where your classroom successes can be shared with colleagues through our Research & Stories section.
- We are no longer in a position to process Maths300 membership requests in conjunction with other Mathematics Centre orders. Maths300 membership should be obtained separately, directly from the supplier, Education Services Australia. This is especially important for orders involving Maths With Attitude. You will need to quote your Maths300 membership number when ordering Maths With Attitude kits.
- Task Centre Kit for Aboriginal Students has been discontinued, but a collection of classroom wisdom related to involving Indigenous students in mathematics learning remains available through our Indigenous Students link (see Link List below). This link includes a list of mainstream tasks equivalent to those that were in the discontinued kit.
- Library Kit for Home Lending has been discontinued, but the collected wisdom of practice related to Maths Around The Kitchen Table remains available. Almost any task can be used for this purpose and the link includes a sample selection based on the discontinued kit. See Link List below.
- Poly Plug, Professor Morris Puzzles, Sphinx, Tricubes, Trisquares, Rotagrams, Pentagon Triangles, Pyramid Puzzle, 3d Geoshapes, wooden cubes and a broad range of other materials to support learning to work like a mathematician are unaffected and remain available from our Distribution Centre. Some of these items are unique to Mathematics Centre.
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- A Note From Andy Martin
Since the 1990s Andy Martin, England, has been encouraging the use of tasks and Maths300 wherever he has taught. Much of what is recorded in Maths Around The Kitchen Table results from the work of Andy and his various staff members. In recent years Andy has been working hard as a school administrator, but he has just let us know that he has been able to arrange a Year 7 class for himself this year. As usual he is working creatively. Andy writes:
I am now teaching again in Year 7 and have started a task based curriculum using a web-based recording system to track progress. ... we are trying to [use] tasks to develop the "QWC" or "quality of written communication" in mathematics. Interesting times!
The change in technology over the last few years means the evidence from students about their work with the tasks is much easier to share. The days of the written journals I used to use may be numbered (!) but a "Facebook" style presentation with electronic feedback seems very popular with the students. The ability to photograph work on their phones and upload the evidence means the students are much quicker in sharing ideas and anticipating feedback. We shall see how this one progresses!
- Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
- Flags From A Ship uses the storyshell of signal flags on a ship and simple colourful material to generate an investigation in 'clever counting' that involves multiplicative thinking.
- Hearts & Loops is a challenging visual / kinaesthetic challenge which provides opportunity to develop and refine spatial language. It is easy to state, easy to start, but not necessarily easy to solve.
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