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Watson, Jane – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015
Using statistical literacy skills to determine appropriate scales to be used on graphs is an essential part of numeracy. Using several meaningful contexts, this article explains very clearly when it is appropriate and inappropriate to begin the scale of a graph at zero.
Descriptors: Statistics, Numeracy, Graphs, Scaling
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Fry, Kym – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014
In this article, Kym Fry uses the "Programme for International Student Assessment" (PISA) assessment framework to break down what her Year 6 students learned as they explored the inquiry question, "How much is a cubic metre?" First, an overview of the lessons in the unit is provided. Quality assessment opportunities are…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematical Concepts, International Assessment, Foreign Countries
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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
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, Barbara; Sanders, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2009
With teachers and students in Government and Catholic schools in three geographical clusters in Victoria, the Task Type and Mathematics Learning (TTML) project is investigating the best ways to use different types of mathematics tasks, particularly in Grades 5 to 8. This article describes Type 1 tasks and discusses how they contribute to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Middle Schools, Mathematics Instruction, Class Activities
Perry, Bob; Howard Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2008
From 1999-2005, the Mathematics in Indigenous Contexts (MIC) project was implemented by the Board of Studies, New South Wales (NSW), in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education and Training, and academics from two universities. MIC project members worked with schools and communities at two sites: a primary school in an urban community in…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Schools
Caney, Annaliese – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2004
Facilitating mental computation discussion comes with its own set of challenges for researchers and teachers. It is important to be able to help capture the students' ideas, before they disappear and seem like little more than moments of magic! In enabling children to learn how numbers work, the current emphasis on mental computation is driven by…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Testing, Mental Computation, Teachers