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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
In this article, the author explores the value of using simple robotics such as BeeBots and ProBots to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in the primary classroom. Before making the decision to use such technologies, it is important that they be evaluated in terms of their affordances and constraints. In other words, teachers need to…
Descriptors: Robotics, Grade 4, Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods
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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
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
Bicknell, Brenda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2008
There are a wide range of provisions to be considered when catering for the mathematically gifted student(s) in the classroom. These include acceleration, enrichment, differentiation, curriculum compacting, mentorships, and competitions. The focus for this article is specifically on the use of competitions as one provision for the education of…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Mathematics Instruction, Competition, Student Motivation