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Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

As a self described lesson collector, author Charles Lovett enjoys gathering "interesting" lessons and teasing them apart to find out what makes them "tick", particularly the pedagogy. He often wonders what decisions the teacher made that generated such an interesting and successful learning environment. Here he describes a…

Descriptors: Puzzles, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instruction

Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Having a nice mathematical task is one challenge for a teacher--another is making it come alive for students in the classroom. The pathway to the latter is pedagogy--the range of teaching strategies possessed and activated by the teacher. This article presents a delightful mathematical activity known as Spirolaterals, a geometrical figure formed…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Mathematics Activities, Teaching Methods

Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

This article describes how Charles Lovitt found a classroom activity in a resource book and by peering through a pedagogy lens, enhanced, tweaked, adapted, and extended the idea into a richer, healthier, well balanced classroom lesson. The task described in the article is often presented to students as a flash card for a limited time with the…

Descriptors: Learning Activities, Visual Stimuli, Teaching Methods, Computation

Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Some years back, the author found the following problem in a spatial puzzle book: how many ways can you put four blocks together, face to face (with no vertical rotation symmetry)? He gave each student just four blocks and they collectively tried combinations to eventually agree on the answer of 15. He used to think it was a halfway decent task,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Puzzles, Spatial Ability, Problem Solving

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Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2000

Discusses reasons why problem solving has failed. Offers an alternative approach--the use of investigations in mathematics instruction. Lists the characteristics of an idealized classroom. (ASK)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Investigations, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Based Learning