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Smith, Kathy Horak; Fuentes, Sarah Quebec – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

In an attempt to engage primary-school students in a hands-on, real-world problem-solving context, a large urban district, a mathematics and science institute housed in a college of education, and a corporate sponsor in the southwest United States, joined forces to create a mathematics and science trail for fourth- and fifth-grade students. A…

Descriptors: World Problems, Recreational Facilities, Grade 5, Primary Education

Su, Hui Fang Huang; Lai, Leanne; Rivera, Herminia Janet – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

Autism is a neural development disorder which impairs one's ability to socialise, communicate, process sensory information, and those with autism experience restricted interests and repetitive behaviours. These signs all begin before three years of age and the child may have difficulty with organising their responses, with inhibition of repetitive…

Descriptors: Autism, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods

Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

In this article, the author explores the value of using simple robotics such as BeeBots and ProBots to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in the primary classroom. Before making the decision to use such technologies, it is important that they be evaluated in terms of their affordances and constraints. In other words, teachers need to…

Descriptors: Robotics, Grade 4, Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods

Sullivan, Peter; Clarke, Doug M.; Albright, James; Clarke, David J.; Farrell, Lesley; Freebody, Peter; Gerrard, Jessica; Michels, Deborah – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (AC:M) prompts consideration of planning processes teachers typically use (as a whole school, in grade levels, and at the classroom level). In order to gain insights into the nature of the planning decisions teachers make, Australian teachers drawn from every state and territory were invited to respond to a…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Clarke, David J.; Clarke, Doug M.; Sullivan, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

Essential to teachers' planning are decisions regarding what should be taught. Curriculum documents are the most obvious authority. But what is a "curriculum document" for a mathematics teacher in Australia? Are there other credible sources of information that Australian teachers draw on when deciding what to teach? This article examines…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Clarke, Doug M.; Clarke, David J.; Sullivan, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

In recent years, there has been greater attention in research and professional development work to discussion of the kinds of knowledge teachers need to teach effectively in the mathematics classroom. It seems reasonable that in planning at the school level, teaching team level and then specifically for a given lesson, teachers might have a sense…

Descriptors: Professional Development, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Clarke, Doug M.; Clarke, David J.; Sullivan, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics encourages teachers to consider seriously the four proficiencies: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. In responding to the reasoning proficiency, many teachers may find that the language of the classroom may well change. In this article, we discuss the meaning given to the term reasoning…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Bridge, Courtney; Day, Lorraine; Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

As part of one of the undergraduate Bachelor of Education units offered as a specialisation unit in primary mathematics education at The University of Notre Dame Australia, the pre-service teachers were asked to complete an assignment. In this assignment they were given 12 typical algebra text book problems which they were asked to solve and then…

Descriptors: Algebra, Foreign Countries, Reflection, Best Practices

Sullivan, Peter; Clarke, David J.; Clarke, Doug M. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

We are interested in exploring the processes teachers use when planning. We sought responses from teachers on aspects of their planning from a survey of various aspects of their decisions. We found that, while there is diversity in processes teachers use for planning, a consistent theme was that teachers make deliberative decisions at all stages…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Mathematics, Planning

Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

Engagement with mathematics during the primary years of schooling is crucial if students are to develop an appreciation for and understanding of the value of mathematics learning. It has been claimed that students who are engaged are more likely to learn, find the experience of schooling more rewarding, and are more likely to continue with higher…

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Time

van Klinken, Eduarda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

This article outlines how a Brisbane independent school, Clayfield College, improved the ability of its Year 3 students to solve addition and subtraction word problems by utilising a schematic approach. It was observed that while students could read the words in the text of a written problem, many had difficulty identifying the core information…

Descriptors: Private Schools, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), Subtraction

Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

Equivalence is mostly associated with the strand of Number and Algebra and is fundamental in both of the substrands. Equivalence is considered a key and foundational concept of algebra, and whereas an assumption might be made that equivalence is a relatively "easy" concept; studies have shown that when asked to balance an equation such…

Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Curriculum

Muir, Tracey – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012

Although number sense is difficult to define, it involves having a good intuition about numbers and their relationships, including the ability to have a "feel" for the relative size of numbers and to make reasonable estimations. Students with good number sense typically recognise the relative magnitude of numbers, appreciate the effect…

Descriptors: Numbers, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Mathematical Concepts

Attard, Catherine; Northcote, Maria – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

It is a common belief that the incorporation of computer technology into mathematics teaching and learning motivates and engages students. However, research into the use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in mathematics classrooms has revealed some issues that could negatively impact on student engagement as a result of how they…

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Computers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics

Northcote, Maria – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Digital cameras are now commonplace in many classrooms and in the lives of many children in early childhood centres and primary schools. They are regularly used by adults and teachers for "saving special moments and documenting experiences." The use of previously expensive photographic and recording equipment has often remained in the domain of…

Descriptors: Photography, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Skills