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for the Australian mathematics education community

14 August 2018

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National Science Week

It's National Science Week (11–19 August)! You'll find all sorts of ideas and activities at www.scienceweek.net.au.

Let's Count online

The Smith Family's Let's Count program has launched a new professional development program for early childhood educators – and it's free! The first course starts on 20 August, so register now at https://letscount.thesmithfamily.com.au/register.

Mathspace Teacher Challenge

This is the first Mathspace challenge for teachers and is open to all Australian mathematics teachers – whether you currently use Mathspace or not!

Running over 4 weeks, everyone can use Mathspace for free. Your students’ growth will be tracked and the winning teacher will be the one who achieves the highest growth for the period.

The overall winning teacher will win dinner with Adam Spencer for your maths department, $10 000 for your school, and an entrepreneur workshop for your students!

The challenge starts 20 August. For more information and to register, go to https://mathspace.co/au/challenge.

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[featured resource] Using Assessment to Improve Middle-Grades Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Carol S. Parke, Suzanne Lane, Edward A. Silver, Maria E. Magone

Using tasks that require students to think deeply about problem situations and communicate their mathematical understanding not only helps to determine students’ levels of proficiency but also provides insight into students’ mathematical thinking.

This book and its companion CD present a collection of 16 short tasks with sample responses, scoring rubrics and rationales explaining how the criteria were used to assign scores. The text also suggests six types of classroom activity which are illustrated using tasks and scoring materials. Besides classroom use, there are suggestions as to how the tasks and associated scoring materials might be useful for staff professional learning.

#NCT1055 $44.00 * AAMT members $35.20 *

www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Using-Assessment-to-Improve-Middle-Grades-Mathematics-Teaching-and-Learning

[reduced] Cartoon Corner 2

Peggy A. House (ed.)

Engage students’ interest with the funny side of mathematics before progressing to activities on a variety of mathematical topics suitable for the middle years. The collection is organised into: numbers, numeration and computation; ratio, rates, fractions and percentages; measurement; consumer mathematics; algebraic thinking; geometric thinking; and data analysis, statistics and probability. Each cartoon is followed by a sequence of associated questions with detailed solutions. There are often challenge questions as well as other ideas for discussion and exploration. 

#NCT621 $18.74 * AAMT members $15.00 *

While stocks last

www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Reduced/Cartoon-Corner-2

Download a complete PDF catalogue of resources sold by AAMT from www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Catalogue.

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Other news

The articles below were posted to AAMT's Facebook and LinkedIn pages and Twitter feed, and link to various sites:

The 'Brain' in Growth Mindset: Does Teaching Students Neuroscience Help?

Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later.

Love of patterns, order may explain mad math skills—and autism link

Young students’ perceptions of maths learning

Self-Assessment in Middle School

STEM Education Has a Math Anxiety Problem

4 myths about blended learning debunked

6 Key Principles That Make Finnish Education a Success

How do high-performing countries prepare and support teachers?

15 of the Most Important Algorithms That Helped Define Mathematics, Computing, and Physics

What sort of schools have the best access to teachers?

'I haven't studied for 25 years': Why this teacher is going back to school

Math + good posture = better scores

Maths hands out its 'Nobel Prize' to an Australian — here's why you should care

Pearson’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education

The Whirligig Aerospace Challenge Lab

Important Questions to Ask Your Students

Helping students tackle dyslexia

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