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for the Australian mathematics education community

13 February 2017

reSolve to be a Champion

The reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project is seeking Champions who will promote the teaching of mathematics (Years F–10) that is engaging, stimulating and challenging for all students.

Selected Champions will undertake a free professional learning program (online and face-to-face) that will provide thorough knowledge of project resources and approaches.

As a reSolve Champion you will promote the use of classroom lessons and professional learning modules with colleagues – helping strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics in your school and beyond.

The Champions program is open to all teachers of mathematics (F–10), as well as other educators. For more information and to complete an expression of interest, go to www.aamt.edu.au/resolve.

Let’s Count

Please bring this to the attention of any early childhood education centres that may be eligible.

Let’s Count is a program that supports early years’ educators to develop children’s skills by noticing, exploring, and talking about mathematics. Over the next 4 years, the Smith Family, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, will be expanding this program in early childhood education centres that are based in or near low socio-economic areas in NSW, Qld, SA, NT, Tas. and WA. Early childhood educators involved will take part in professional development that increases their knowledge, skills and confidence in working with and supporting parents and carers to engage their children in learning mathematics and numeracy skills.

Centres should contact:

The Smith Family is also looking for early years’ mathematics educators who have some free time and the skills to facilitate Let’s Count educator sessions. If interested, please contact Deb Ryan on 0458 850 065 or email deb.ryan@thesmithfamily.com.au. Please note that facilitators are remunerated for the sessions they run.

More information about the program is available at www.thesmithfamily.com.au/programs/numeracy/lets-count

Updated curriculum resources

The Mathematics Proficiencies resource on the Australian Curriculum website has been updated with student demonstration videos to accompany student worksheets. The annotated clips feature students at different year levels demonstrating the four proficiency areas of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics – understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning – while undertaking mathematical tasks.

Go to www.resources.australiancurriculum.edu.au/proficiencies

Presentations sought for AAMT conference

One of the great strengths of AAMT conferences is the quality and diversity of the workshops and seminars. Presenting a session is a great opportunity to share your work with colleagues – research projects, classroom activities and techniques, learning programs, etc.

You can submit an offer to present as part of your conference registration. Offers to present close 3 March 2017.

For more information, go to http://tiny.cc/aamt2017.

[featured resource] Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

Effective teaching is the goal of every teacher of mathematics. How do you know that your teaching is effective? What strategies should you choose? What tasks? Six reputable educators explain their understanding of the learning cycle in mathematics. There are many practical classroom suggestions and sample tasks scattered throughout, with commentary on the thinking behind their development. Possible approaches are explained simply, with examples of classroom conversations and methods of intervention. There are online videos for all chapters.

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www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Visible-Learning-for-Mathematics-What-Works-Best-to-Optimize-Student-Learning

Other news

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Experts challenge validity of Grattan report on disengaged students

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Hans Rosling, statistician and development champion, dies aged 68

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To Live Your Best Life, Do Mathematics

Indigenous education: We revisit a trailblazing Top End bilingual maths program

Bullied kids suffer academically, too, study says

Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education

How to Help Students Crush Math Anxiety

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Can robotics teach problem solving to students?

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