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Wright, Vince – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Vince Wright makes a convincing argument for presenting children with a different "prototype" of a fraction to the typical one-half. Consider how the prototype that Wright mentions may be applied to a variety of fraction concepts. We are sure that you will never look at a doughnut in quite the same way.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Mathematics

Gould, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Peter Gould suggests Australia's next top fraction model should be a linear model rather than an area model. He provides a convincing argument and gives examples of ways to introduce a linear model in primary classrooms.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods

MacDonald, Amy – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

In this article Amy MacDonald asks us to reconsider the starting point for teaching measurement concepts. We are sure readers will enjoy looking at the drawings and reading of the implications for teachers of young children. We are certain that if you teach young children you will want to try the "Draw yourself measuring task".

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Young Children, Measurement, Mathematical Concepts

Reeve, Elizabeth; Beswick, Kim – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

This article by Elizabeth Reeve and Kim Beswick illustrates how primary children may engage with the Statistics and Probability content contained in the Australian Curriculum. Technology has opened up many possibilities for young children to engage with statistics. In the process the children learned a great deal more than just mathematics.

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Probability

Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

iPads are beginning to appear in more and more primary classrooms, yet it is difficult to find teaching ideas that promote deep mathematical understanding. Catherine Attard provides a list of teaching considerations to be used when using iPads and two practical ideas for using them.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary School Mathematics

Quinnell, Lorna; Carter, Merilyn – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Lorna Quinnell and Merrilyn Carter examine the use of symbols in teaching mathematics and outline the difficulties students experience in "reading symbols and abbreviations." We are sure teachers will appreciate the way the authors have examined the use of symbols and abbreviations in NAPLAN testing and organized them into five distinct…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Symbols (Mathematics)

Vale, Colleen – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Colleen Vale makes the case for professional learning teams collaborating together to improve their teaching and hence children's achievement. In this article she describes how this may be done. Along the way the teachers explored the idea of equivalence and the common conceptions and misconceptions held by children in their classes.

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills, Professional Development

Day, Lorraine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Lorraine Day reports on some of the findings of the Teaching Teachers for the Future Project. The Australian Curriculum constantly makes reference to digital technologies so we believe our readers will be interested to see how teachers are making use of technology in classrooms across Western Australia. The results may be used to…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Information Technology, Foreign Countries

Wong, Monica – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Fractions are generally introduced to students using the part--whole model. Yet the number line is another important representation which can be used to build fraction concepts (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2012). Number lines are recognised as key in students' number development not only of fractions, but…

Descriptors: Fractions, Numbers, Class Activities, Mathematics Activities

Wong, Monica – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Understanding fractions remains problematic for many students. The use of the number line aids in this understanding, but requires students to recognise that a fraction represents the distance from zero to a dot or arrow marked on a number line which is a linear scale. This article continues the discussion from "Identifying Fractions on a…

Descriptors: Fractions, Numbers, Class Activities, Mathematics Activities

Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff; Dole, Shelley; Goos, Merrilyn; O'Brien, Mia – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

It is great to see how the sharing of ideas sparks new ideas. In 2011 Lyon and Bragg wrote an "Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom" (APMC) article on the mathematics of kitchen gardens. In this article the authors show how the kitchen garden may be used as a starting point for proportional reasoning. The authors highlight different…

Descriptors: Gardening, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Logan, Tracy; Lowrie, Tom – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Tracy Logan and Tom Lowrie argue that while little attention is given to visual imagery and spatial reasoning within the Australian Curriculum, a significant proportion of National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tasks require high levels of visuospatial reasoning. This article includes teaching ideas to promote visuospatial…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Visual Perception, Spatial Ability, Elementary School Mathematics

Norton, Stephen; Zhang, Qinqiong – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

We often hear about how well other countries are performing in international tests such as PISA. In this article, Stephen Norton and Qinqiong Zhang describe a classroom and a tutor session from a Chinese setting. They describe the amount of time spent in class and out of class working on mathematics. Also they explain how learning is highly valued…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cultural Influences

Bragg, Leicha – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

In this article Leicha Bragg introduces an open-ended assessment task that gives students the opportunity to access skills and knowledge from the Measurement and Geometry strand. Students take on the roles of cartographer and map user to "hide, map and seek."

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Mathematical Concepts, Foreign Countries

Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

In providing a continued focus on tasks and activities that help to illustrate key ideas embedded in the new Australian Curriculum, the focus in this issue is on Measurement in the Measurement and Geometry strand. The small unit of work on measurement presented in this article has activities that can be modified to meet the requirements of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement