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Bicknell, Brenda; Young-Loveridge, Jenny; Simpson, Jackie – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

A robust understanding of place value is essential. Using a problem-based approach set within meaningful contexts, students' attention may be drawn to the multiplicative structure of place value. By using quotitive division problems through a concrete-representational-abstract lesson structure, this study showed a powerful strengthening of Year 3…

Descriptors: Number Concepts, Arithmetic, Mathematics Instruction, Young Children

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

Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Using a game-based context and concentrating explicitly on language, students in the early years are able to make sense about place value amid the vagaries of the English language in naming numbers. This conceptual approach to understanding place value allows students to further develop number strategies beyond counting by ones.

Descriptors: Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Numbers

Throndsen, Jennifer; MacDonald, Beth; Hunt, Jessica – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Building students' understanding of cardinality is fundamental for working with numbers and operations. Without these early mathematical foundations in place, students will fall behind. Consequently, it is imperative to build on students' strengths to address their weaknesses with the notion of cardinality.

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Kindergarten, Numbers

Sullivan, Peter; Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

It is frequently surprising to new teachers (and even those with experience) when they find that not only do some children need to recount the group they have just counted to be assured of the total but also that this need seems to be resistant to intervention. Although moving from "counting-all" to "count-on" is sometimes…

Descriptors: Number Concepts, Computation, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Hurst, Chris; Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

A journey into multiplicative thinking by three teachers in a primary school is reported. A description of how the teachers learned to identify gaps in student knowledge is described along with how the teachers assisted students to connect multiplicative ideas in ways that make sense.

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Multiplication

Mildenhall, Paula – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Very recently, in the "Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)/Australian Industry Group quantitative report" (2014), concerns were raised that school mathematics is lacking real world application. This report highlighted the gaps between school mathematics and the requirements of the workplace. After interviewing industry…

Descriptors: Computation, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Khosroshahi, Leyla G.; Asghari, Amir H. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

There is a call for enabling students to use a range of efficient mental and written strategies when solving addition and subtraction problems. To do so, students should recognise numerical structures and be able to change a problem to an equivalent problem. The purpose of this article is to suggest an activity to facilitate such understanding in…

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Addition, Subtraction, Problem Solving

Northcote, Maria; Marshall, Linda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

The type of mathematics taught in schools is often criticised for being irrelevant to students' lives and not based in "real life". This article is Part 1 of a three part report that documents the findings of a research project that investigated the mathematical calculations completed by adults in their everyday, non-occupational lives…

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Adults, Computation, Daily Living Skills

Hurst, Chris – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

It is important for students to make informed decisions about computation. This article highlights this importance and develops a framework which may assist teachers to help students to make effective computational choices.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Decision Making

Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

The Smarties-Box Challenge encourages students to apply several different mathematical capabilities and concepts--such as, estimation, multiplication, and the notion of being systematic--to solve a complex, multistep problem. To effectively engage in the Smarties-Box Challenge, students are required to demonstrate aspects of all four proficiency…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Day, Lorraine; Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015

Lorraine Day and Derek Hurrell provide a convincing argument for using arrays to promote students' understandings of mental computation strategies for multiplication. They also provide a range of different examples that illustrate the benefits of arrays in the primary classroom.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Computation

van Klinken, Eduarda; Juleff, Emma – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015

In this article, the authors describe their efforts to teach counting skills to their class of 5- to 7-year-olds at the Glenleighden School, located in a a suburb of Brisbane. As Glenleighden early childhood teachers, they work in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team that supports children with speech and language difficulties.…

Descriptors: Young Children, Elementary School Mathematics, Computation, Mathematics Skills

Tucker, Stephen I. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014

Stephen Tucker presents a fractions game that addresses a range of fraction concepts including equivalence and computation. The REFractions game also improves students' fluency with representing, comparing and adding fractions.

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014

In providing a continued focus on tasks and activities that help to illustrate key ideas embedded in the new Australian Curriculum, this issue will focus on Number in the Number and Algebra strand. In this article Derek Hurrell provides a few tried and proven activities to develop place value understanding. These activities are provided for…

Descriptors: National Curriculum, Educational Practices, Performance Factors, Number Systems