In this edition of the News you will find:
Task Cameo Content Finder
Improving Literacy & Numeracy
Pyramid Puzzle Photos
Tasks of the Month
Task 156, Photo Angles
Task 157, Paving Views
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- Task Cameo Content Finder
Task Cameos are teachers' notes about each task. There is a Library of these cameos on the Task Cameos page. But just like books on a library shelf, you don't know what's in them until they are opened...
We have just added a Task Cameo Content Finder which allows you to:
- search the library by mathematical content to find tasks linked to the content you want to teach, or
- search by task name to discover the mathematical content within the task.
When you find what you want, you click the link and open the Cameo.
The content words used are generic - stuff we all know regardless of the current systemic curriculum language. Therefore, whether you in Australia or Beijing, or Sweden or Murfreesboro you will be able to readily make links to your external documentation. ...And when those documents change (which they do every 5 - 8 years on average) you will be able to easily adapt to the next syllabus.
But that doesn't mean our Finder is set in concrete. Our tasks are rich with mathematics and more is sometimes exposed by teachers asking new questions. When you or your students find something new about a task please contact us with your story. That's how several tasks have received their From The Classroom section.
- So scroll down the Task Cameo Content Finder and be amazed by the wealth of mathematics that can be accessed through our collection. And there's more to come! Each time a new cameo is added to the library - and that's every month! - the Finder will be updated.
In conjunction with the Content Finder at Calculating Changes and, if you are a member, the Search Engine at Maths300, the world of alternatives to text-based learning just got richer.
See Link List below for the Task Cameo Content Finder link (you might like to bookmark it) and for the document Working with Mathematics Centre, which helps you navigate Mathematics Centre.
- Improving Literacy & Numeracy
The Australian government has recently promised several million dollars towards improving literacy and numeracy learning. I wonder if they know that literacy and numeracy can be improved simultaneously and significantly by funding professional learning for mathematics teachers which helps them shift their focus towards mathematics as learning to work like a mathematician?
Research in the early 2000s during the Tasmanian project Improving Numeracy for Indigenous Secondary School Students (INISSS) proves it. Change the approach to mathematics teaching in this way and you change students' learning successes in both numeracy and literacy for the better.
Read a summary of this research in our Research & Stories section. See Link List below.
- Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
- Photo Angles includes a photograph of objects set up on a grid, a blank grid and the objects. Students are invited to recreate the picture then work out where the camera was that took the photo and the position of the light source creating the shadows in the picture. The task can be tackled emperically using a camera and a torch, or older students might dip into their toolbox for skills in similarity, Pythagoras and trigonometry.
- Paving Views introduces rotational symmetry through a practical story shell. Sanja the architect wants to tile a courtyard so that she uses the minimum number of tiles and so that the pattern seen from each of the four bordering tall buildings is the same. When solved, the solutions can lead to more investigation of transformations.
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