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Bragg, Leicha A. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

This article builds on the work of Professor Robyn Jorgensen and Associate Professor Peter Games and others on social justice and mathematics and links to the Ethical Understandings capability of the "Australian Curriculum." Presented in this paper is an argument for the importance of a social justice approach to teaching mathematics,…

Descriptors: Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities

Sullivan, Peter; Bobis, Janette; Downton, Ann; Feng, Maggie; Hughes, Sally; Livy, Sharyn; McCormick, Melody; Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

In this article, the authors from Monash University and the University of Sydney have collaborated to present a research-informed model to support the planning and teaching of mathematics, using a student centred structured inquiry approach.

Descriptors: Teaching Models, Student Centered Learning, Inquiry, Foreign Countries

Clarke, Doug – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

This article focuses on the unintended consequences of within-class ability grouping on primary students of mathematics. I review relevant research, including promising approaches to teaching in mixed ability settings. I then outline four ways in which these groupings are typically structured, discussing some of the issues that arise with each of…

Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Students, Class Organization

Hourigan, Mairéad; Leavy, Aisling – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

The authors use finding the area of irregular shapes as the context for developing flexible strategies for measuring area. This article builds on their paper, "Setting a Design Challenge: Promoting the Discovery of the Relationship between Area and Perimeter" (EJ1272407). As part of Lesson Study research within an initial teacher…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Geometric Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 5

Holton, Derek; Symons, Duncan – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

With the impact of the COVID pandemic, many students have been learning mathematics online. This article shows how emojis can be used as a virtual manipulative in online and digital learning platforms.

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Manipulative Materials, Visual Aids

Ocean, Jude; Sawatzki, Carly; Ersozlu, Zara – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

The Times Tables Drill, in which students recite multiplication facts at high speed, is based on a 200 year-old American military education practice. Emphasising "commands," "obedience," "rules," "silence," "separation," "surveillance," "speed," "competition,"…

Descriptors: Armed Forces, Influences, Mathematics Education, Multiplication

Russo, James; McCosh, Jessie; Hewish, Travis – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2021

This collaborative inquiry between an academic (James Russo) and two school-based practitioners (Jessie McCosh and Travis Hewish) explores student attitudes towards learning mathematics through problem solving in a medium sized primary school in regional Victoria.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries

Tzur, Ron; Johnson, Heather L.; Hodkowski, Nicola M.; Nathenson-Mejia, Sally; Davis, Alan; Gardner, Amber – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

Children learn to find answers when multiplying two whole numbers (e.g., 3 × 7 = 21). To this end, they may repeatedly add one number (e.g., 7 + 7 + 7 = 21). But what meanings do they have for multiplication? The authors address this issue while sharing an innovative, playful task called Please Go and Bring for Me (PGBM). Drawing on the…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Multiplication, Mathematics Instruction

Muir, Tracey; Bragg, Leicha; Murphy, Carol; Walsh, Chris; Oates, Greg – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted on schools globally with closures and the implementation of online learning (UNESCO, 2020). This rapid shift has resulted in a significant change to traditional modes of delivery, including classroom teaching and professional learning opportunities for teachers, as well as thinking differently about…

Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Teaching Methods, School Closing

Russo, James; Russo, Toby – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

Providing students with rich tasks that are both engaging and mathematically important is a vital aspect of teaching primary mathematics effectively. One means of supporting the development of rich tasks that meet these criteria is to embed them in a narrative. Narratives can aid in the development of mathematical understanding through a number of…

Descriptors: Films, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Audiovisual Aids

Owens, Kay – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

In this article Kay Owens explains how a real-world context can be used to encourage student noticing and deeper analysis of geometric structures when students are asked to draw what they saw. Kay presents examples of students' drawings made during a school trip to the zoo which followed a series of inquiry learning experiences in geometry.

Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Logical Thinking, Elementary School Mathematics, Visualization

Jazby, Dan – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

In this article Dan Jazby also explores the issue of noticing, but this time from the teacher's perspective. Dan argues that teacher noticing is a purposeful activity that requires both the technical skills to recognise how students are thinking and the tactical skills to know when and where to look for particular cues.

Descriptors: Observation, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills, Elementary School Mathematics

Clarke, Doug; Burrows, Peter; Raymond, Larissa – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

In this article, the authors suggest a number of ways in which NAPLAN could be made into a more engaging and enriching experience for both teachers and students. They highlight the importance of making productive errors in the interests of furthering learning. The authors share the journey they have taken as they attempted to get their teeth into…

Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Numeracy, Test Use, Elementary School Mathematics

Bragg, Leicha A.; Herbert, Sandra – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

This article explores the approaches used to plan mathematical reasoning tasks by two peer learning teams, one based in regional Victoria and the other in Vancouver, Canada. The results revealed that planning and peer observation support teachers' knowledge of mathematical reasoning and the pedagogy required to promote it.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Logical Thinking, Mathematics Instruction

Oslington, Gabrielle – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2020

A key element of statistical literacy is the construction and interpretation of graphs. In this article, the author uses examples of student work (Years 3 and 4), at an Australian school, to show some of the complex steps involved in creating a formal graph from a data table. Over time the student's observations and understanding become more…

Descriptors: Graphs, Statistics Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students