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Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

This article describes part of a study in which researchers designed lesson sequences based around using a string number line to help teachers support children's development of relative thinking and understanding of linear scale. In the first year of the study, eight teachers of Years 3-5 participated in four one-day professional development…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Abstract Reasoning, Mathematical Logic

Livy, Sharyn; Muir, Tracey; Sullivan, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

Productive struggle leads to productive classrooms where students work on complex problems, are encouraged to take risks, can struggle and fail yet still feel good about working on hard problems (Boaler, 2016). Teachers can foster a classroom culture that values and promotes productive struggle by providing students with challenging tasks. These…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematics, Professional Personnel

West, John – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

The importance of mathematical reasoning is unquestioned and providing opportunities for students to become involved in mathematical reasoning is paramount. The open-ended tasks presented incorporate mathematical content explored through the contexts of problem solving and reasoning. This article presents a number of simple tasks that may be…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Problem Solving, Fractions

Seah, Rebecca – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

Using the correct materials and manipulatives appropriately allows the richness of geometrical concepts to be fully investigated to enable students to explore and reason about shapes. This article explores some of the key ideas involved in learning about two dimensional shapes and discusses how materials can be used to support learning.

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Plane Geometry, Media Selection, Resource Materials

Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

The low levels of student engagement with mathematics has been of significant concern in Australia for some time (Attard, 2013). This is a particularly important issue in mathematics education given the current attention to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure "the continued prosperity of Australia on…

Descriptors: Money Management, Learner Engagement, Elementary School Mathematics, Case Studies

Hurst, Chris – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018

Evidence suggests that some students have learned procedures with little or no underpinning understanding while others have a much more connected and conceptual levels of understanding. In this article, the work of four primary students is discussed in terms of their contextual understanding of multiplicative concepts. The difference between…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Multiplication, Teaching Methods

Bragg, Leicha A.; Herbert, Sandra – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Mathematical reasoning is one of the four proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (AC:M) where it is described as: "[the] capacity for logical thought and actions, such as analysing, proving, evaluating, explaining, inferring, justifying and generalising" (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA],…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic

Livy, Sharyn; Muir, Tracey; Downton, Ann – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

One of the challenges facing teacher educators is providing our pre-service teachers (PSTs) with authentic experiences that cross the boundaries between Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and the classroom. An additional challenge facing the mathematics teacher educator, is addressing and deepening PSTs' mathematical content knowledge (MCK), which…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teacher Education

Buchheister, Kelley; Jackson, Christa; Taylor, Cynthia E. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Providing students with an opportunity to explore mathematical content through games allows teachers to include tasks that: (1) present alternative representations of the content; (2) welcome various expressions of mathematical reasoning; and (3) incorporate variations that empower all students to engage in the problem solving process. Games not…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Games, Mathematical Logic, Access to Education

Maretich, Kaylene – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Information and communication technology (ICT) is an integral aspect of the current Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. The language, strategies and resources required in mathematics education today can be very different to the mathematics lessons experienced by current teachers when they themselves were at school (Sousa, 2015). Learning…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics

Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

James Russo begins a discussion of the difficulty and time-consuming activity of Googling to find lesson plans and resources to keep his lessons more interesting and engaging, since such resources seem particularly scarce for math teachers. Russo writes that joining professional associations has given him ready access to higher quality resources…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Lesson Plans, Planning, Educational Quality

Faragher, Rhonda; Stratford, Melanie; Clarke, Barbara – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

At the turn of this century, expectations for learning mathematics by students with Down syndrome were low. Research and practice continued to indicate considerable difficulty with number and calculation (Bird & Buckley, 2001). Unfortunately, most authors extrapolated difficulty with number to difficulty with mathematics in general, even…

Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics

Vale, Colleen; Bragg, Leicha A.; Widjaja, Wanty; Herbert, Sandra; Loong, Esther Yook-Kin – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Reasoning underpins students' mathematical understanding and promotes creative thinking. It is regarded as a key mathematical proficiency. This article discusses the reasoning actions that primary children employed and teachers noticed for the "What else belongs?" task focused on forming and testing conjectures.

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Logic, Creative Thinking

Russo, James; Hopkins, Sarah – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

This paper outlines a seven-step process for developing problem-solving tasks informed by cognitive load theory. Through an example of a task developed for Year 2 students, we show how this approach can be used to produce challenging mathematical tasks that aim to optimise cognitive load for each student.

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Curriculum Design

Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

When working within a meaningful context quite young students are capable of working with sophisticated data. Year 3 students investigate thermal insulation and the transfer of heat in a STEM inquiry, developing skills in measuring temperature by conducting a statistical investigation, and using a stylised graph to interpret their data.

Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Graphs, Data Interpretation