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2021 Re-Release. Starting the Year. What Classrooms need.

2021 Re-Release. Starting the Year. What Classrooms need.

January 19, 2021

Due to popular demand we are re-releasing the episodes from 2020 that look at starting the year in Mathematics. We'll be back very soon with fresh, exciting episodes for the new year.

In the first Mathstalk series of the year, the team looks at starting the year in Mathematics. From setting up your classroom with resources, planning and delivering the best Maths lessons you can, to our favourite games, warmups and fun routines. In today's episode, host Marcus Garrett talks to Cass Lowry (primary) and Leanne McMahon (secondary) about what Maths Classrooms need. They discuss must-have manipulatives in both primary and secondary classrooms and also look at On-line resources and Text books.

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Addition

Addition

December 22, 2020

In this Tea Break episode, host Claire Embregts is joined by AMSI Outreach Officer Anna Bock who shares some ideas and strategies that teachers can implement in the classroom to support their students with understanding the concept of Addition. We chat about some of the ideas that underpin Addition and the importance of providing practical situations with adding single digit numbers before moving to larger numbers. A range of links to resources are provided for teachers and parents.

Links and resources can be found below and at www.Calculate.org.au

For Teachers:

https://calculate.org.au/2018/09/14/building-number-sense-through-number-talks/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254705172_Written_algorithms_in_the_primary_years_Undoing_the_'good_work'

http://amsi.org.au/teacher_modules/Addition_and_subtraction.html

https://www.cem.edu.au/CatholicEducationMelbourne/media/Documentation/Documents/Key-Ideas-in-Maths.pdf

For Parents:

https://calculate.org.au/2020/07/09/number-talks-for-parents/

https://calculate.org.au/2020/05/21/partitioning-one-is-a-snail-ten-is-a-crab/

https://calculate.org.au/2020/04/29/addition-and-subtraction/

 

MAV Conference Roundup

MAV Conference Roundup

December 11, 2020

Leanne McMahon enlists the journalistic/Maths educator talents of Vicky Kennard and Cassandra Lowry to review some highlights of the 2020 Mathematics Association of Victoria Virtual Conference held on the 3rd and 4th of December. If you didn't manage to attend, our reviewers give some great insights into their learnings and provide links to resources that the speakers provided.

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MAV Virtual Conference Preview

MAV Virtual Conference Preview

December 1, 2020

Leanne McMahon interviews Mathematics Association of Victoria Events Manager, Jacqui Diamond about the upcoming Virtual Conference. We discuss how Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in the works of one of the biggest events in the Australian Maths Education community's year and how Jacqui has devised ingenious ways of making the conference bigger and better. If you would like to contribute to the "LIVE" (not quite live) MAV Virtual Conference podcast as described in this podcast, share your MP3 or wav file, recorded on your phone (or wherever) using https://wetransfer.com to Leanne@amsi.org.au(sharing this way because they're often too big to email)

While the conference is completely sold out, it's worth listening to the 'headline acts' and looking them up using the links below.

James Tanton: http://www.jamestanton.com/

Peter Sullivan: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/peter-sullivan

Paul Swan: https://drpaulswan.com.au/

 

Fluency in Mathematics

Fluency in Mathematics

November 18, 2020

Host Leanne McMahon is joined by AMSI Outreach Officer and MathsTalk Twitter chat host, Cass Lowry to discuss the idea of Mathematical Fluency. This conversation stems from a #MathsTalk Twitter chat on the same topic held on November 12th 2020 that led to spirited debate and some great ideas. Links and resources can be found  below and at www.Calculate.org.au

The Equals Sign

The Equals Sign

November 6, 2020

Host Claire Embregts grabs a cuppa with AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Leanne McMahon to talk about the importance of the equals sign in Mathematics. We chat about the common misconceptions behind the equals sign and what teachers can do to avoid or rectify these misconceptions. Much of our discussion centres around a presentation from Max Stephens at the MERGA conference in 2006, a paper from which can be found here. https://merga.net.au/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2006_MERGA_CP.aspx

Find more at www.Calculate.org.au

Talking Geometry with Mike Clapper

Talking Geometry with Mike Clapper

October 8, 2020

Hosts Leanne McMahon and Michael O’Connor are  joined by Mike Clapper, former Executive Director and Chief Mathematician at the Australian Mathematics Trust, to talk about geometry and its importance in the Australian Curriculum. We cover everything from why we teach geometry and how to develop geometric reasoning in our students to packing your car boot on camping holidays. Mike has kindly provided some accompanying episode notes which will be available to download through our www.calculate.org.au website along with some links to other related resources.

Twitter for Maths Education

Twitter for Maths Education

August 27, 2020

Have you ever felt the urge to dip your toe in the murky waters of Twitter? In this episode, host, Leanne McMahon talks to Outreach Officer Cass Lowry about how to get started on Twitter and how it can be used as a part of your professional learning. We look at setting up your account, lurking, liking and finally getting involved in Twitter Chats - Especially ours! #MathsTalk 8pm AEST every Thursday.

If you'd like further information, drop us an email at choosemaths@amsi.org.au or get onto our website www.calculate.org.au.

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Geometry and Reasoning

Geometry and Reasoning

August 20, 2020

Host, Marcus Garrett talks to two members of the AMSI Outreach team, Cass Lowry and Michael O'Connor about the important proficiency of reasoning and how we can develop this in students of all ages, from pre-primary to later secondary. Contact us if you have comments or suggestions. ChooseMaths@amsi.org.au

Head to www.Calculate.org.au for resources, links, further information and to give feedback.

Misconceptions in Geometry

Misconceptions in Geometry

August 3, 2020

Dealing with Misconceptions in Geometry

This is the first episode in Series 4 for MathsTalk, in Term 3 of 2020 and in this series, we are focusing on Geometry. Host, Leanne McMahon chats with 2018 CHOOSEMATHS Teacher Award winner Sheila Griffin and fellow AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Anna Bock, about common student - and sometimes teacher - misconceptions in Geometry. We discuss how they can be tackled in the maths classroom in ways that engage students and really encourage them to think.

Head to www.Calculate.org.au for resources and links

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