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Mills, Judith – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Many students experience great difficulty understanding the meaning of fractions. For many students who have spent their early mathematics lessons focusing on counting (whole) numbers, recognising that there are many numbers between those whole numbers called fractional numbers, is quite revolutionary. The foundation of understanding fractions is…

Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods

Greenlees, Jane – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

In this article, the author makes reference to four comic book characters to make the point that together they are a formidable team, but on their own they are vulnerable. She examines the four components of mathematics assessment items and the need for implicit instruction within the classroom for student success. Just like the "Fantastic Four"…

Descriptors: Cartoons, Mathematics Instruction, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods

Moody, Bruce – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Decipipes are a representational model that can be used to help students develop conceptual understanding of decimal place value. They provide a non-standard tool for representing length, which in turn can be represented using conventional decimal notation. They are conceptually identical to Linear Arithmetic Blocks. This article reviews theory…

Descriptors: Number Concepts, Arithmetic, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Betts, Paul; Crampton, Amanda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

In this article, the authors describe a reform-based activity concerning multiplication, developed within the context of the children's story "The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs" by Phoebe Gilman. They also provide vignettes of informal multiplicative thinking by Grade 2/3 children that occur during these activities. The informal multiplicative…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Multiplication, Mathematics Instruction, Childrens Literature

Hawera, Ngarewa; Taylor, Merilyn – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Developing critical numeracy is important in a society where mathematics plays a particular and significant role. One way of helping learners to develop the level of numeracy required to participate in society is by exploring ideas embedded in rich, accessible tasks. These can be linked to contexts that have relevance in their lives. One…

Descriptors: Teacher Role, Numeracy, Marketing, Mathematics Education

Windsor, Will – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

SProblem solving has a long and successful history in mathematics education and is valued by many teachers as a way to engage and facilitate learning within their classrooms. The potential benefit for using problem solving in the development of algebraic thinking is that "it may broaden and develop students' mathematical thinking beyond the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Algebra, Teaching Methods

Berman, Jeanette – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Place value underpins much of what people do in number. In this article, the author describes some simple tasks that may be used to assess students' understanding of place value. This set of tasks, the Six Tasks of Place Value (SToPV), takes five minutes to administer and can give direct insight into a student's understanding of the number system…

Descriptors: Comprehension, Grade 3, Number Systems, Number Concepts

Brown, Natalie; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie; Skalicky, Jane – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Measurement is one of the key areas of study in mathematics and features prominently in the "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics" (ACARA, 2010). In this set of investigations requiring students to estimate indirectly the height of a tree they are encouraged to use the "power of mathematical reasoning" and "apply their…

Descriptors: Rural Schools, Measurement Techniques, Middle School Teachers, Foreign Countries

Clarke, Doug – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

As part of a large research and professional development project funded by the Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM), called "Contemporary Teaching and Learning of Mathematics," the ACU team has been leading demonstration lessons. There is certainly not universal agreement on the worth of demonstration lessons in the mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Demonstration Programs, Experimental Teaching, Foreign Countries

Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

New technologies continue to change every aspect of home, life and work: the way people communicate, calculate, analyse, shop, make presentations and socialise. "The Australian Curriculum" acknowledges the importance of teaching and learning with technology by including the use of information and communication technology (ICT) as one of…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Mathematics Instruction, Technology Integration

Marshall, Linda; Swan, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

This article is intended to assist people who have never written for a journal, or who perhaps have never even thought about doing so. In this article, the authors provide some advice for budding Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom (APMC) authors. Information on where to start, what's already been done, what will be in the paper, who will…

Descriptors: Journal Articles, Professional Development, Writing for Publication, Authors

Young-Loveridge, Jenny; Mills, Judith – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

Much has been written about the value of concrete manipulatives for supporting students' mathematics learning. This is particularly true for the domain of fractions and decimals. Understanding of decimal place-value is seen as critical for students' mathematics learning. To understand decimals, students need first to have a solid understanding of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Arithmetic, Mathematics

Ramentol, Salvador Vidal – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

The aversion that many girls and boys experience towards mathematics has been one of the author's major concerns since he started teaching. In this article, he describes a project called "Numbers Day" that was designed to improve students' attitudes toward mathematics. There are many features of Numbers Day that teachers might…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Numbers, Student Motivation, Mathematics Instruction

Crawford, Heather; Wiest, Lynda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

A perpetual dilemma of schooling is how to help students develop skills needed for everyday life, including the work world. Quantitative literacy, also called numeracy, involves an ability to apply essential mathematics skills to authentic or near-authentic tasks. Carefully planned classroom activities can help students develop these important…

Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills

Lyon, Anthony; Bragg, Leicha A. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011

A kitchen garden is not just a place to grow food for cooking; it is a place of sensory stimulation through extraordinary explorations and investigations into the natural world. A kitchen garden contains vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible flowers, and/or ornamental plants; and animals such as chickens for supplying eggs, as well as manure for…

Descriptors: Food, Gardening, Nutrition Instruction, Mathematics Instruction