Maths Teaching Strategies

Maths Teaching Strategies

Teaching Numeracy Teaching strategies are the key to students' success. We all want our kids to succeed in the maths classroom and the type of strategies we use will determine if they are successful or not when teaching numeracy Being strategy focussed and using creative hands-on maths teaching strategies in your instruction can get students excited and motivated about maths. These essential strategies…
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Thinking & Talking About Math

Thinking & Talking About Math

No Time For Thinking? Recently there has been a over emphasis, & I think misplaced & misunderstood interpretation of Explicit learning, to the extent that I have seen maths lessons become a 'Chart bark' of blah, blah blah! Not good, and probably not what explicit teaching is really about! Amy Lin loves math, is passionate about teaching math and has seen how children's fear…
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Let Kids Figure It Out!

Let Kids Figure It Out!

There are some educators & parents who think that 'GOOD MATHS' in the classroom looks like  a teacher demonstrating & explaining single specific math concepts  in a step-by-step fashion to students. Followed up with lots of worksheets & even homework to practise what they have been shown! A very 'Traditional'  and quite a wrong picture of  good maths! Here is a great read…
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Guided Math

Guided Math

Some of you know that I am a Numeracy Coach for Teachers  (GiRN) as well as a classroom teacher. My role is to provide support with implementing the Australian Curriculum Mathematics Curriculum and work shoulder-to-shoulder with classroom teachers to make these changes. This term I am doing some maths coaching at my school and I wanted to share with you the Educational Nuggets,…
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Is Minecraft Really Educational?

Is Minecraft Really Educational?

Call me cynical... but is Minecraft really educational or is it an attempt to make school look exciting? Well I was proved wrong by this interesting article in The Conversation  which highlighted that schools are now designing curriculum in the key learning areas to Minecraft...READ MORE... Find out how to align curriculum to Minecraft and... Have students create or explore a Real-Life building…
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The Remainder Problem

The Remainder Problem

Written division is a difficult and complex calculation for students even when divisions are 'tidy' that is there is no remainder. But introduce division that have something left, then a whole new set of learning is required. What should you do? Only give your students numbers that divide nicely? Write "r" & the left over bit or even IGNORE it?Well according to an article…
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