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Livy, Sharyn; Muir, Tracey; Sullivan, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

Productive struggle leads to productive classrooms where students work on complex problems, are encouraged to take risks, can struggle and fail yet still feel good about working on hard problems (Boaler, 2016). Teachers can foster a classroom culture that values and promotes productive struggle by providing students with challenging tasks. These…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematics, Professional Personnel

West, John – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

The importance of mathematical reasoning is unquestioned and providing opportunities for students to become involved in mathematical reasoning is paramount. The open-ended tasks presented incorporate mathematical content explored through the contexts of problem solving and reasoning. This article presents a number of simple tasks that may be…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Problem Solving, Fractions

Seah, Rebecca – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

Using the correct materials and manipulatives appropriately allows the richness of geometrical concepts to be fully investigated to enable students to explore and reason about shapes. This article explores some of the key ideas involved in learning about two dimensional shapes and discusses how materials can be used to support learning.

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Plane Geometry, Media Selection, Resource Materials

Stumbles, Robert – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

The foundation of geometric knowledge and understanding starts in primary school, and in contemporary mathematics education there is an emphasis on identifying learning progressions and trajectories as a way of moving students forward. The van Hiele (1986) theory is well-documented and provides insights into the progression and differences of…

Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Education, Courseware, Teaching Methods

Hurst, Chris – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

Evidence suggests that some students have learned procedures with little or no underpinning understanding while others have a much more connected and conceptual levels of understanding. In this article, the work of four primary students is discussed in terms of their contextual understanding of multiplicative concepts. The difference between…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Multiplication, Teaching Methods

Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Benchmarking is an important strategy for comparing the size of fractions. In addition, knowing whether a given fraction is greater or less than a particular benchmark (e.g., one-half) can support students with accurately locating the fraction on a number line. This article offers a game-based activity that engages students in discussions around…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Benchmarking, Comparative Analysis, Fractions

Bragg, Leicha A.; Herbert, Sandra – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Mathematical reasoning is one of the four proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (AC:M) where it is described as: "[the] capacity for logical thought and actions, such as analysing, proving, evaluating, explaining, inferring, justifying and generalising" (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA],…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic

Livy, Sharyn; Muir, Tracey; Downton, Ann – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

One of the challenges facing teacher educators is providing our pre-service teachers (PSTs) with authentic experiences that cross the boundaries between Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and the classroom. An additional challenge facing the mathematics teacher educator, is addressing and deepening PSTs' mathematical content knowledge (MCK), which…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teacher Education

Buchheister, Kelley; Jackson, Christa; Taylor, Cynthia E. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Providing students with an opportunity to explore mathematical content through games allows teachers to include tasks that: (1) present alternative representations of the content; (2) welcome various expressions of mathematical reasoning; and (3) incorporate variations that empower all students to engage in the problem solving process. Games not…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Games, Mathematical Logic, Access to Education

Maretich, Kaylene – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Information and communication technology (ICT) is an integral aspect of the current Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. The language, strategies and resources required in mathematics education today can be very different to the mathematics lessons experienced by current teachers when they themselves were at school (Sousa, 2015). Learning…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics

Faragher, Rhonda; Stratford, Melanie; Clarke, Barbara – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

At the turn of this century, expectations for learning mathematics by students with Down syndrome were low. Research and practice continued to indicate considerable difficulty with number and calculation (Bird & Buckley, 2001). Unfortunately, most authors extrapolated difficulty with number to difficulty with mathematics in general, even…

Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics

Vale, Colleen; Bragg, Leicha A.; Widjaja, Wanty; Herbert, Sandra; Loong, Esther Yook-Kin – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Reasoning underpins students' mathematical understanding and promotes creative thinking. It is regarded as a key mathematical proficiency. This article discusses the reasoning actions that primary children employed and teachers noticed for the "What else belongs?" task focused on forming and testing conjectures.

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Logic, Creative Thinking

Mitten, Carolyn; Jacobbe, Tim; Jacobbe, Elizabeth – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Formative assessment is so important to inform teachers' planning. A discussion of the benefits of using technology to facilitate formative assessment explains how four primary school teachers adopted three different apps to make their formative assessment more meaningful and useful.

Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Planning, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Russo, James; Hopkins, Sarah – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

This paper outlines a seven-step process for developing problem-solving tasks informed by cognitive load theory. Through an example of a task developed for Year 2 students, we show how this approach can be used to produce challenging mathematical tasks that aim to optimise cognitive load for each student.

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Curriculum Design

Faulkner, Valerie; Ainslie, Jennifer – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

The importance and usefulness of building on perceptual subitising and the development of conceptual subitising is explained. A guide on how to continue to develop numerical ideas based on subitising is shared.

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Numeracy, Number Concepts, Media Adaptation