Mathematics Education in 2023: Changing Times, Changing Practices?
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
1y ago
The beginning of the school year is an appropriate time to consider change in how and what mathematics is taught in our schools. The need for mathematics education to evolve is not recent, however changes to educational practices are typically much slower than the rate of change in the world we live in. For example, digital technologies have dramatically changed how we receive and process information, how we communicate, and how we learn, yet it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools into remote learning mode that many educators recognised the value of digital resources in mathemati ..read more
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Supporting your child with primary mathematics
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
3y ago
Maintaining your child’s engagement and supporting their mathematics and numeracy learning during this extended period of lockdown can be a challenge. However, there are lots of strategies that you can put in place to support them in completing their schoolwork and provide hands-on, fun mathematical experiences. Helping with Schoolwork May people openly claim they don’t like maths or they’re not good at it, unintentionally conveying the message that this is okay. Unfortunately, this can have a detrimental effect on the children who hear these messages. In my research on student engagement, chi ..read more
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Reflecting on mathematics education in a time of crisis: An opportunity for change?
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Willa Cather The events of 2020 are going to remain with each of us for a very long time. In education, the swift shift to online learning along with continuing uncertainty will likely have a lasting impact on us individually and collectively. While many of us are exhausted and looking forward to a return to something that we’d call ‘normal’, some educators (including myself) will view this turbulent time as an opportunity to take stock, reflect, and learn: an opportunity for change. For a long time, I have been arguing that fo ..read more
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MathsTalk by AMSI Schools
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
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Teaching maths in challenging times: Keep calm and remain critical!
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
We are currently experiencing an unprecedented health event in the history of the world. While many of us are likely to remain safe from the potentially deadly effects of COVID-19, the strategies that have been put in place to limit the spread of the virus is causing panic in many areas of our everyday lives, and in education. I felt compelled to write this blog after noticing the wonderful generosity of teachers on social media in sharing resources to assist teachers who are preparing for potential school closures or student absenteeism. While this generosity is to be applauded, I feel it ..read more
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Mathematics education in Australia: New decade, new opportunities?
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
As we prepare for a new school year in a new decade, it is an apt time to reflect on the last ten years of mathematics education and consider the next ten. What, if anything, will change in our classrooms and school systems? Or will it be a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same? Current challenges in mathematics education Consider the current context of mathematics education in Australia and beyond. Over the past decade we have seen an apparent decline in senior secondary students’ enrolments in high level mathematics courses. We have also had continued challenges w ..read more
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Flipped learning in primary and secondary mathematics: Some lessons
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
Flipped classrooms and flipped learning approaches are fast becoming a popular practice in mathematics classrooms, providing opportunities for students to learn anywhere, at any time. A flipped pedagogical approach may go some way in addressing the continuing issue of student disengagement with mathematics, yet how do we know if it really works? And what are the advantages and disadvantages to flipped approaches? In this blog post I provide a brief explanation of flipped learning before sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned about the flipped approach from my research into the effective use ..read more
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Don’t bank on Dollarmites to teach financial literacy: here are our alternatives
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
Research shows combining maths education and financial literacy concepts is a better way to teach children good financial habits and boost numeracy. http://www.shutterstock.com Catherine Attard, Western Sydney University The recent royal commission into banking has revealed rampant wrongdoing by the big banks. As a result, there is renewed public interest in school banking schemes. The Commonwealth Bank’s Dollarmites program has once again come into the spotlight. Dollarmites was awarded a 2018 Choice Magazine Shonky award. The program has over 300,000 active par ..read more
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Tips for Teachers: Setting up Your Students for Mathematical Success
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
Engaging Maths Many children begin the new school year with feelings of fear and anxiety. Will they like their new teacher or teachers? Will the work be difficult? What will the homework be like? As you prepare programming and planning for a new teaching year and new students, give some thought to the strategies and activities you and your students can do in the first few weeks of term to ensure everyone gets the most out of their mathematics lessons for the entire school year. Think about what you can do differently this year to make your work more engaging for both you and your students ..read more
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The 12 Days of Christmas: A Maths Task!
Engaging Maths | Dr Catherine Attard
by cattard2017
4y ago
As you may have already realised, I am a great believer in providing a context for the learning of mathematics. At this time of year it is especially challenging to keep students engaged in learning, so you may be interested in this set of activities based on The Twelve Days of Christmas. The activities can be adapted to suit students from any grade and is only limited to the imagination. The following suggestions would be appropriate for upper primary/lower secondary students and can either be used as investigation starters or activity task cards. Enjoy! Resources Required: A copy of the lyri ..read more
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