In this month's News you will find:
Software for Tower of Hanoi
A Maths Mat for Every Class!
Tasks in Africa
Swedish Teachers at Work
Tasks of the Month
Task 129, Farmyard Friends
Task 130, Protons & Anti-Protons
928 tasks placed in schools during March.
331,009 placed since the project began in July 1992.
Due to the Easter holiday, look for an April/May update of this section next month.
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- Software for Tower of Hanoi
Last month we released the cameo for Task 142, Tower of Hanoi. A day or two later, George Dimitriadis sent a Tower of Hanoi program to share. George develops these programs simply for the challenge - for himself and for his students. He invites you to share the challenge of Tower of Hanoi with your students through the hands-on experience of the task and the companion experience of the software. See Link List below.
- A Maths Mat for Every Class!
Yes, that's right. Clontarf Beach State School in Queensland has made a Maths Mat for every classroom. Why? This message from Kylie Wall, their Numeracy Coach, will explain.
Our school has really immersed itself in the kinaesthetic style of learning! We love it and it has completely changed the way teachers, students and the community view maths as a subject now.
And Matt Skoss, a long time proponent of the Maths Mat as a learning tool, has sent Kylie every activity he has devised to help them out further. If you would like to learn more about the Maths Mat and Matt's Maths Mat activities (both primary and secondary), see Link List below.
- Tasks in Africa
The following email from Ian Lowe, Professional Officer, Mathematical Association of Victoria, tells its own story:
I am back from three weeks in South Africa and Malawi. I used several of the ideas inherent in Maths300 and the Mathematics Task Centre with three groups of primary or secondary teachers during that time, and I want to report that an approach using group work, cooperation, hands-on material and problem solving works brilliantly with teachers - and they tell me, it will also work with students - in Africa. There is an active interest in a new approach to teaching.
||Truth Tiles and Jumping Kangaroos.
||Fay's Nines (also done with cards) and Circumference of a Circle (we did it for 8 steps then predicted what it would be for 4 steps.)
- Swedish Teachers at Work
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Outside of Australia there are more teachers, more schools and more districts in Sweden excited by working like a mathematician in best practice classrooms than anywhere else in the world. Mathematics Centre has just completed a nine day tour of Sweden involving 13 presentations from two hours to one day. At every one of them we met teachers wanting to sharing experiences of:
- modelling what it means to work like a mathematician,
- inviting students to apply the model for themselves, and
- meaningfully developing the toolbox skills of a mathematician.
Teachers in Sweden are supported and encouraged by a new national curriculum, applicable from next August, that has major strands of reasoning, communication, justification and problem solving. A positive development from which many other countries could learn.
We extend our thanks to Leif Lundgren, JL Utbildning, who organised this tour which brought us into contact with 550 - 600 professional colleagues over such a short time. Our thanks also go to long time supporters Per Berggren and Maria Lindroth, who arranged our initial meeting with Leif in November last; and to Ulla Öberg who initiated our work in Sweden back in 1996 and has continued to nurture it throughout the years.
||Tasks being used in a full day workshop in Katrineholm
for teachers from
Year 1 to Year 10.
Teachers from Göteborg exploring and recording teaching craft features that support students to work like a mathematician...
||...and later exploring Bridging 10 from Calculating Changes and Billiard Ball Bounces from Maths300.
- Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
- Farmyard Friends is a language and logic task for Year 1/2 which, with a twist or two, becomes a combination theory task for Year 11 - and there's lots of opportunity for investigation for students in the years between.
- Protons & Anti-Protons draws from science to build a hands-on model which begins by challenging our concept of zero and leads to a representation of integer arithmetic.
Click a photo to access its cameo, or access all current cameos through the Link List below.
- Did you miss April?
If so you missed information about:
- Praise for tasks from Queen Victoria High School, Scotland
- PD from MC
(Professional Development from Mathematics Centre)
- Solomon's Puzzle
- Iceberg Information about two Tasks of the Month
(Tasks 128, 142)
- ...and more...
Did You Know?
- You can find tasks coded by Year Level and Curriculum Strand in the Task Centre Catalogue (PDF file).
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- You can search for lessons by Year Level, Curriculum Strand, Lesson Features & Keyword at Maths300.
- You can connect Tasks to their Maths300 companion lesson using Tasks & Maths300 (a PDF file).
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