Seven Sites to build rich mathematical discussions

We are often looking for ideas to have students work purposefully for short or longer bursts. This post has a collection of  seven sites that you and your students could work on independently, in pairs, small groups or as whole class  Would you rather ?  Would you rather began as a way for John Stevens to start his classes. It has evolved into a large collection of graded problems that ask students to choose an option and justify their choice using maths.  Visual A collection of over 400 patterns to begin rich discussions which can lead to a generalisation for the pattern. Collated by Fawn Nguyen , On the sidebar of her blog you will find links to others sites. Open Middle A huge collection of  problems sorted by topic and grade level. Open middle problems start and finish at the same point but offer multiple pathways through. Put together by    Nanette Johns on and Robert Kaplinsky Estimation 180 This site is curated by Andrew Stadel, a teacher and Mathematics Coach in C


I  have taken a break head on over to Auckland Maths site for latest news
S tatistics 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 c

Teaching approaches that work

"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'. Sign up to receive the 8 recommendations to your inbox The  Education review office also published a report last year that outlines  practices and stra

5 things Shared in October

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  col

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

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.