Nat Banting wrote recently on his blog about a type of task he calls a 'menu': Given a list of features, the task for students is to build as few functions as possible to satisfy each requirement at least once. Nat's original post is about a quadratics functions menu. My attention was captured by Dylan … Continue reading A linear relationships ‘menu’
Despite my fifteen years of teaching experience, I still feel slow1 to realise what I'm sure is obvious to others — just because students get the answer right, it doesn't mean that they understand. I was sharply reminded of this just now. This year I've been making a concerted effort in my Mathematics for Primary … Continue reading Do they really know what I think they know?
This semester I am redeveloping Mathematics for Primary Educators, the (ideally) first maths content course for our pre-service teachers who choose to specialise in maths. I have a notebook full of 'things I want to do right' this time, but it mostly boils down to giving students many opportunities to have mathematical conversations, and for … Continue reading Three looks at a WODB for numbers
This blogpost is an exact reproduction of an essay I wrote and submitted in October 2018 as a requirement of the course 'Aboriginal Futures', an elective I took as part of the Master of Teaching at the University of South Australia. The course aims to 'explore Aboriginal Futures in contemporary Australian society' and to provide … Continue reading Australian mathematics education and Indigenous peoples [an essay]
In each of the last three years, my goal has been to read 50 books. This blog post summarises aspects of my 2018 reading year. I also tweeted short reviews using the hashtag #read2018. In 2016, I read 53 books. Blogposts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Goodreads: 2016 Reading Challenge. In 2017, I read 62 … Continue reading #read2018: My year in books
This blog post describes how I curate and consume my education reading list. It’s a response to Ollie Lovell’s (@ollie_lovell) blog post with the same questions (and title!). We hope that others in the Edu-Twitter/blogging community will also write posts that respond to the same six questions. The greater the diversity of responses, the more … Continue reading Managing overwhelm: How do you curate and consume your educational reading list?
It is no secret that Quarter the Cross is one of my favourite tasks. I've written about it twice before: as a Day 1 activity and in connection with Fraction Talks. The original source is apparently T. Dekker & N. Querelle, 2002, Great Assessment Problems (www.fi.uu.nl/catch). It has proliferated in recent years, including with an active Twitter hashtag: #QuarterTheCross. … Continue reading #QuarterTheCross Card Sort