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West, John – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Problems sourced from national and international competitions such as the Australian Mathematics Competition are often used effectively as enrichment and/or extension activities for high achieving students. While this has meant that they are sometimes deemed too esoteric or trivial for use in the regular classroom, this paper takes the view that…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level, Teaching Methods

Chesney, Marlene – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Marlene Chesney describes a piece of research where the participants were asked to complete a calculation, 16 + 8, and then asked to describe how they solved it. The diversity of invented strategies will be of interest to teachers along with the recommendations that are made. So "how do 'you' solve 16 + 8?"

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mental Computation, Mathematical Logic, Addition

Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

Engagement with mathematics during the primary years of schooling is crucial if students are to develop an appreciation for and understanding of the value of mathematics learning. It has been claimed that students who are engaged are more likely to learn, find the experience of schooling more rewarding, and are more likely to continue with higher…

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Time

Mills, Judith – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Many students experience great difficulty understanding the meaning of fractions. For many students who have spent their early mathematics lessons focusing on counting (whole) numbers, recognising that there are many numbers between those whole numbers called fractional numbers, is quite revolutionary. The foundation of understanding fractions is…

Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods

Windsor, Will – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

SProblem solving has a long and successful history in mathematics education and is valued by many teachers as a way to engage and facilitate learning within their classrooms. The potential benefit for using problem solving in the development of algebraic thinking is that "it may broaden and develop students' mathematical thinking beyond the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Algebra, Teaching Methods

Clarke, Doug; Roche, Anne – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010

As part of the Contemporary Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Project (CTLM), the mathematics education team at Australian Catholic University has the privilege of working with principals, teachers, students, and parents in schools in the Melbourne Archdiocese. A particular highlight is the opportunity to work alongside project teachers and…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics

Perso, Thelma – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2009

In May 2008, the first National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test was administered across Australia to determine the standard of literacy and numeracy achievement of Australia's students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Some students did very well on the tests and some did not. This type of test can tell a great deal about…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Teaching Methods

Nisbet, Steven; Putt, Ian – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2004

Although some bright students in primary school are able to organise numerical data into classes, most attend to the characteristics of individuals rather than the group, and "see the trees rather than the forest". How can teachers in upper primary and early high school teach students to organise large sets of data with widely varying…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 7, Elementary School Students