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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
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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
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Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
Benchmarking is an important strategy for comparing the size of fractions. In addition, knowing whether a given fraction is greater or less than a particular benchmark (e.g., one-half) can support students with accurately locating the fraction on a number line. This article offers a game-based activity that engages students in discussions around…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Benchmarking, Comparative Analysis, Fractions
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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
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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
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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
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Richardson, Sue Ellen; Koyunkaya, Melike Yigit – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
We have used "GeoGebra," a dynamic geometry software environment, to explore how Year 4 students understand definitions of angles. Seven students defined angle and then completed several activities adapted for the dynamic environment. Afterward, students again shared their definitions of angles. We found that even a short investigation…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software, Mathematics Instruction
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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
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Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
Having a nice mathematical task is one challenge for a teacher--another is making it come alive for students in the classroom. The pathway to the latter is pedagogy--the range of teaching strategies possessed and activated by the teacher. This article presents a delightful mathematical activity known as Spirolaterals, a geometrical figure formed…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Mathematics Activities, Teaching Methods
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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
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Hourigan, Mairead; Leavy, Aisling – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
Working within the context of a contest to find the most beautiful tourist attraction in the world, Year 5 students investigate the most symmetric building from a short-list of three iconic buildings. This involves investigating both line and rotational symmetry in order to make an informed decision about the symmetrical nature of each building.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Architecture, Mathematics Activities
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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
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Bragg, Leicha A.; Koch, Jessica; Willis, Ashley – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
One way to heighten students' interest in the classroom is by personalising tasks. Through designing Robot Bioglyphs students are able to explore personalised data through a creative and engaging process. By understanding, producing and interpreting data, students are able to develop their statistical literacy, which is an essential skill in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Statistics, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries
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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
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Baum, Prudence; Perera, Radhika – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
Mathematics needs to take on a real-world quality, and students need to be able to identify and connect the value of what they are learning within the classroom to life outside the classroom. Creating a connection between the mathematics learned within a classroom and its value to life in the outside world is critical to effectively engage…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Student Attitudes
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