Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Article excerpt

As teachers of mathematics we are constantly looking for ways to capture the interest of our students and increase the quality of learning experiences we provide for them. The collection of articles in this issue of the journal offers inspiration for a variety of topics, with several focussing on the development of deep understanding in the early years of school.

There is no denying that the development of literacy skills is a crucial function of education. It is perhaps also true that the most effective teachers make regular use of children's literacy skills to enhance the learning of mathematics. Many of us now use children's books within mathematics lessons, but have you experienced the more intimate and exciting approach of personalised storytelling? In the words of the authors of our first article, "Storytelling appeals to children's imaginations and strengthens their listening skills and their ability to visualise". Mary Barr Goral and Cindy Meyers Gnadinger from Kentucky USA, share their story of storytelling with us.

Repeating patterns are commonly found in the mathematical activities of the first several years of school. We know that pattern work is supposed to support early algebraic thinking but how do we move beyond the basic use of patterning, towards the higher-order thinking required for algebraic reasoning? …

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