Tangling and untangling

This is the seventh in a series of posts about my course ‘Developing Mathematical Thinking’, a maths content elective for pre-service teachers training in primary and middle maths. All posts in the series are here. WARNING: It's a long post. Edited to fix the confusion between × (multiply) and x (the letter). I have been itching to try Conway's Rational Tangles... Continue Reading →

How many triangles?

It's been quiet on the blog, but a lot has been happening. University classes in Adelaide have just resumed after a two week mid-semester break. To warm up, I gave my MATH 1070 students the following problem. I found it via Tanya Khovanova who states that it was an entrance problem for the 2016 MIT PRIMES STEP Program. (Read more on Tanya's... Continue Reading →

#SciPubMath

I felt privileged to be one of three speakers at last week's Science in the Pub. Held monthly on Friday evenings, the aim is to promote understanding of and enthusiasm for science. Science in the Pub Adelaide celebrated their second birthday with their first maths-focused event: 'SciPub Math: I got 99 problems but math ain't one'.  The format is intentionally informal; people... Continue Reading →

#read2016: Part 2

As I've mentioned, I love books. Real books, with paper and ink. None of those fancy ebooks. I spend enough time each day staring into screens. Plus, I like to read in the bath and the idea of accidentally dropping a $1000 device doesn't appeal. (I've only ever once dropped a book in the bath. It... Continue Reading →

Notice and wonder: the Prime Climb hundreds chart

This is the sixth in a series of posts about my course ‘Developing Mathematical Thinking’, a maths content elective for pre-service teachers training in primary and middle maths. All posts in the series are here. This is the final post detailing how I introduced 'Notice and Wonder' to my pre-service teachers. We've used it for sense making. We've then looked at photos from the world around us and brainstormed... Continue Reading →

Notice and wonder: the world around us

This is the fourth in a planned series of posts about my course ‘Developing Mathematical Thinking’, a maths content elective for pre-service teachers training in primary and middle maths. All posts in the series are here. In my previous post, I talked about how I used sense making as a powerful motivator for the 'Notice and Wonder' routine. My next step was... Continue Reading →

Notice and wonder: sense making

This is the third in a planned series of posts about my course ‘Developing Mathematical Thinking’, a maths content elective for pre-service teachers training in primary and middle maths. All posts in the series are here. It's been three weeks (how time flies!) since I last posted about this course. There are 1.5 workshops that I haven't written about. We also missed three classes... Continue Reading →

Counting in unexpected ways

It was a delight to recently spend five days working with students and teachers in Alice Springs at the invitation of MTANT, the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Northern Territory. I then spent a week in bed with the flu, which is one reason I've recently lost my voice (both physically and online). The main purpose of the visit was to join... Continue Reading →

Activities for Day One: Fold-and-cut, Quarter the Cross

This is the second in a planned series of posts about my course ‘Developing Mathematical Thinking’, a maths content elective for pre-service teachers training in primary and middle maths. All posts in the series are here. Last week I wrote about my three main goals for my Developing Mathematical Thinking course. You can read that post here. Today I want to talk... Continue Reading →

Too quiet

It's been quiet around here. A little too quiet. The first half of this year was a bit crazy. I tried to juggle increased travel and talks with teaching, research and student supervision. It was not always successful. I didn't quite realise how crazy it felt until I stopped. A week of quietness has helped replenish some rather depleted batteries! But teaching restarts next... Continue Reading →

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