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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

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

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

Lovitt, Charles – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

As a self described lesson collector, author Charles Lovett enjoys gathering "interesting" lessons and teasing them apart to find out what makes them "tick", particularly the pedagogy. He often wonders what decisions the teacher made that generated such an interesting and successful learning environment. Here he describes a…

Descriptors: Puzzles, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instruction

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

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

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

Otten, Mara; van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; Veldhuis, Michiel; Heinze, Aiso; Goldenberg, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

The importance of laying a foundation for algebraic reasoning at a young age is increasingly being emphasized. In this article, the authors report on an activity that elicits in a natural way algebraic strategies that in a later stage of learning algebra are crucial for solving equations. The activity brings about the students' spontaneous use of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation

Hall, Jennifer; Jao, Limin – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

In this article, the authors present two activities in which students explore angles and related geometric properties in the context of dance, namely ballet. The activities have been successfully implemented in pre-service numeracy classes at Monash University's two-year, post-degree teacher education program (MTeach). Specifically, the activities…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Measurement Equipment, Instrumentation, Foreign Countries

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

West, John – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Problems sourced from national and international competitions such as the Australian Mathematics Competition are often used effectively as enrichment and/or extension activities for high achieving students. While this has meant that they are sometimes deemed too esoteric or trivial for use in the regular classroom, this paper takes the view that…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level, Teaching Methods

Tucker, Steven; Shumway, Jessica F.; Moyer-Packenham, Patricia S.; Jordan, Kerry E. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

Teachers increasingly use virtual manipulatives and other apps on touch-screen devices (e.g., "iPads") in an effort to help students understand mathematics concepts. However, students experience these apps and their affordances in different ways. The purpose of this article is to inform teachers' decisions about app implementation in the…

Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Thinking Skills

Larkin, Kevin – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016

This article proposes a framework for classroom teachers to use in making pedagogical decisions regarding which mathematical materials (concrete and digital) to use, when they might be most appropriately used, and why. Two iPad apps ("Area of Shapes (Parallelogram)" and "Area of Parallelogram") are also evaluated to demonstrate…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods