Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Article excerpt

This issue of APMC brings together a range of topical issues and mathematical concepts--from mental computation and fractions to strategies for engaging students in mathematics by making connections through stories and real-life contexts. Emilia Mardjetko and Julie Macpherson use a comic strip style medium to help stimulate discussion amongst teachers and students about the mental computation strategies. They provide six principles or guidelines for ensuring our classrooms are truly 'mental'!

Have you ever thought about how small a billionth is? John Gough argues that really BIG and really SMALL numbers challenge our human perception--and he is right! So imagine how difficult it is for our students to have a conception of these numbers. In this article, John considers several representations for very small numbers, such as a millionth and a billionth.

What can you do with a bucket of playdough? This was the question facing Rosemaree Caswell when she started teaching in a new school. The answer to this question has resulted in the development of some engaging activities for middle years' students to help them develop a deeper understanding of fractions. In her article, Fractions from concrete to abstract using 'Playdough mathematics', Rosemaree carefully describes how she introduces her students to abstract fraction concepts via the use of playdough. …

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