## ARE YOU GETTING WHAT YOU PAID FOR? VOLUME AND CAPACITY EXPERIMENT

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Posted by , September 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Year 5 completed an experiment measuring the volume of water that could fit into a soft drink bottle when it was filled to capacity. When this experiment was conducted last year (September, 2016), the capacity of the bottle was 620mL to allow room for 600mL of fizzy drink and a little bit of space. Today, (September, 2017) Year 5...

## REFLECTING USING REFLECTION QUESTIONS

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Posted by , August 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Why use the Reflection Questions? The reflection questions at A Learning Place A Teaching Place have been designed to allow children to demonstrate and develop their understanding of mathematical concepts. The reflection questions have also been developed to allow you to collect formative assessment data in every lesson. How could we Engage Children in Reflection? Quality Maths lessons involve...

## TEACHING INCORRECT MATHEMATICAL META-LANGUAGE

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Posted by , August 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Among the many awesome and accurate maths resources, there are some that makes us say ‘nooo!!!’, and teaching students incorrect mathematical metalanguage is one of them! One that is oft repeated is calling three-dimensional objects, ‘shapes’. A shape by definition has 2 dimensions. The 3 dimensions are left to right, front to back, up and down. Another that we’ve...

## INTEGRATING ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION, AND PLACE VALUE

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Posted by , May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

When children first learn about addition and subtraction, it is informal. They focus their learning on the meaning of the concept. Adding means ‘joining groups together’ and subtraction means ‘taking away from a group’. When adding, children will select 2 or more number cards, make the groups counting by ones, join the groups together, then count the number in...

## HISTORY OF OUR AMAZING NUMBER SYSTEM

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Posted by , May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

When people began needing to count items, they used sticks or stones with one-to-one correspondence. For example, they would collect 1 stick for every sheep in their flock. When they wanted to see if they still had all of their sheep, they would ‘count’, matching one stick for one sheep. If at the end of the ‘count’ they had...

## MATH MEMORIZERS ARE BEHIND RELATIONAL UNDERSTANDERS…

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Posted by , May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Jo Boaler and Pablo Zoido found that in every country, math memorizers turned out to be the lowest achievers, and countries with high numbers of them also had the highest proportion of teens doing poorly on the PISA math assessment. Memorizers were approximately half a year behind students who used relational and self-monitoring strategies. To find out why, follow this...

## PLACE VALUE RESEARCH

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Posted by , May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

COUNTING AND GROUPING Mathematics in the Early Grades: Counting & CardinalityEducation Development Center, Inc research on early numeracy and counting.  One-to-One Correspondence: Foundation LevelVictorian Department of Education Learning and Teaching Resources on early counting concepts. Difficulties Children Face When Learning to CountAnn Gervasoni from Australian Catholic University’s research finding several common difficulties and issues related to learning to count. PLACE...

## IGNORING THE MEANING OF THE EQUALS SIGN

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Posted by , May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Among the many awesome and accurate maths resources available on-line, there are some that makes us say ‘nooo!!!’, and ignoring the meaning of the equals sign is one of them! A fabulous investigation involving groups of students creating number sentences using post-it notes with numbers and symbols, was marred when groups recorded mathematical incorrect number sentences like: 2 x...

## WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TOWN AND A LEARNING PLACE A TEACHING PLACE?

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Posted by , May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

TOWN is a NSW whole-class intervention initiative which focuses on improving numeracy skills of students in the upper primary years identified as not performing at expected stage level. A Learning Place A Teaching Place provides whole class resources focused on develop relational understanding of maths concepts, including in students in the upper primary years identified as not performing at...