Tag Archives: mathematics

NAPLAN: The Assessment that needs Assessing

NAPLAN has been back in the headlines again recently (although, when is it every really OUT of the headlines?): this time in response to a senate inquiry investigating concerns NAPLAN is damaging to student and teacher wellbeing and creating a … Continue reading

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But WHY Are You Teaching Maths Ms?

I can hardly believe it: data collection is complete. It feels like only yesterday I was submitting (and resubmitting… and resubmitting…) my ethics application and now it’s all over! Eight interviews have been conducted and transcribed, numerous lessons have been … Continue reading

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The thrill of data collection: revelations and reflections from the field.

I had a bit of a shock this week: I love data collection. I know that I am prone to hyperbole, but in this case my statement is 100% accurate. I LOVE data collection and far more than I expected … Continue reading

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The Case for Constructivism in Mathematics Cassrooms

I recently had some feedback on my post criticising Minster for Education Christopher Pyne (Pyne a Pain for Education in Australia).The comment suggested that many schools had taken the constructivist approach to teaching and learning too far, as a result, … Continue reading

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What is the biggest predictor of student achievement in maths?

The most significant predictor of student achievement in mathematics might surprise you. Data collected from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has determined that self-efficacy has the strongest impact of mathematics achievement, outranking maths anxiety, previous performance, self-concept and … Continue reading

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What is the crisis in (mathematics) education

The diametrical nature of the media often results in situations being presented as either a crisis or a non-issue. I recently posted about the performance pay for teachers not being the solution to the “crisis in education” and it resulted … Continue reading

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“Why do we need to know this anyway?” The issue of disengagement in mathematics classrooms

It’s the catch-cry frequently heard in mathematics classrooms across the world. From Broome to Byron Bay, Karatha to Kirribilli, usually accompanied (but not limited to) eyes that are threatened to roll out of their sockets, a carefully crafted expression of … Continue reading

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STEM: it’s critical for our growth

The growing need for elevation of science in the Australian community and curriculum was highlighted by Professor Suzanne Cory’s address to the National Press Club on July 1st. Professor Cory is President of the Australian Academy of Science, and spoke … Continue reading

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