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Statistics Teachers' Day 2019 Resources are now available on Census at School
Highlights from the day (based on feedback data, of course!) were


Critical thinking classroom - Tom Lin
Random redirect tool for experiments - Tracey Webster; tool by Anna Fergusson
Scholarship activities, Probability Distributions, and Bootstrapping - way more than just a cool name - Michelle Dalrymple
Hot off the press, resources for evaluating statistical reports - Dru Rose and Matthew Webster

CensusAtSchool 2020 The questionnaire is open to the end of 2020. All the information you need to get started is here
One goal for 2020 is to get more Primary Schools involved.
Have a conversation with others in your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako so they can also get involved in the project.
2019 had the largest number of participants since 2005 with over 26,000 students from 482 schools taking part. 927 teachers registered their classes for CensusAtSchool.
New question topics in 2019 included climate change, time…

Teaching approaches that work

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"Excellent maths teaching requires good content knowledge, but this is not sufficient. Excellent teachers also know the ways in which pupils learn mathematics and the difficulties they are likely to encounter, and how mathematics can be most effectively taught." EEF 2019

Following on from Education Endowment Fund's (EEF) email series on improving literacy in secondary schools comes a new email series offering eight practical, evidence-based recommendations that are relevant to all pupils - but particularly to those struggling with their mathematics.  They have made recommendations where there are research findings that schools can use to make a significant difference to student learning. The content is drawn from the EEF's recently published report,  'Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 and 3'.
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The  Education review office also published a report last year that outlines practices and strategies that work f…

5 things Shared in October

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The Education Hub shared
The Gift of Teachers Time Professor Susan Moore Johnson's research on how school leaders can make the most of teachers' time. "Teachers’ time is one of a school’s most valuable and scarce resources, yet it’s often wasted because of poor leadership and management." Read Here Why am I not curious about the things I want to be curious about? Daniel Willingham's opinion piece in the New York times exploring the power (and pitfalls) of curiosity has some great lessons for educators. Read Here

Pull Up nets - made a comeback - these are a engaging way to look at  nets, surface area & volume while  doing a bit of engineering of 3D shapes

Download an ATM article here or another here simply google pull-up nets to find more 

American Stats Association - Lesson Plans I liken myself to a magpie always on the lookout for shiny new things and inspiration the following year. THe AMerican Stats Association(ASA) has a  collection of stats investigations tha…

High School maths should be about data science

Fun Fact : 90% of the data created by humanity has been generated in just the past two years. Yet the math taught in U.S. schools hasn’t materially changed since Sputnik was sent into orbit in the late 1950s.
Jo Boaler & Steven Levitt claim Modern high school math should be about data science... not Algebra 2 Explore more about the place of data literacy here

Maths Posters

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When will I ever need maths?

What's the point?


Answer these questions using posters designed in UK and adapted for NZ

Posters available to order until 25 October from the Auckland Mathematical Association


Order 1 or 2 or
Order the full set of 36 posters for $43

A2 sized Posters are $3.00 each
A3 sized Posters are $1.50 each

View posters and place your orders here

Thanks to Rachel Passmore and Nicolette Rattenbury for brokering the deal to bring these posters to NZ and the NZ Maths Trust for their sponsorship.

Youcubed kete expands

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Everywhere we turn, data is telling and weaving stories about our world. Youcubed have recognised the growing importance of being able to work with, understand, and use data by launching a data literacy section to their kete
https://www.youcubed.org/resource/data-literacy/

Jo Boaler and her team have started working with Steve Levitt and his new initiative at the University of Chicago: The Center for RISC. Together they are thinking through the changes that need to happen in maths education to build data fluency.


Jo also argues that US curriculum standards are over packed with content, and teachers find it difficult to teach ideas in the depth that is needed. The same could be said for NZ.
Mathematics in the 21st century requires a different approach and Jasmine Hall this years Bevan Werry speaker challenged us to think about this in her address at NZAMT 16.
Youcubed's 21st Century maths page has links to videos, and podcasts including a discussion with Keith Devlin, "The Math Guy…