Olico Maths is a podcast produced in South Africa that aims to share knowledge and expertise in maths education that can be applied to primary and secondary school learners in school, after-school programmes and life.
In the fifth episode Scott Hunt and Leigh Pleass talk the Singaporean Mathematics Approach. The introduction to primary school is discussed before moving into the more recent launch of this approach in secondary schools. The reasons behind it and the challenges that come with it are explored. Finally some concrete examples are outlined such as bar modelling.
In the fourth episode Scott Hunt, Anga Mamfanya and Fadziso Matanhike talk Maths Clubs for Foundation Phase learners. This intervention programme is explained - providing practical advice for how you can set up your own club. A deeper dive is taken into the problems that Maths Clubs are managing to solve and the importance of including the family. Practical examples are also provided.
In the second episode Scott Hunt and Prof Mike Askew talk about maths education and the use of problem solving to make maths realisable. Added to this is a discussion on the big ideas in maths, including equivalence, approximation/estimation and the difference between arithmetical and quantitative reasoning.
In the third episode Scott Hunt and Thulelah Takane talk realistic maths education and the importance of word problems in making maths make sense. Included in the discussion are pathways into mathematics, issues of word problem exposure in the classroom, solutions for teachers and insights into implementation and the use of emergent models
In the very first episode Scott Hunt and Dr Lynn Bowie talk the problems facing maths education and possible ways of solving them. With tips and advice on creating understanding for students, this first episode is a must listen for all teachers and maths enthusiasts!