Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Article excerpt

I've just returned from three weeks of supervising teaching practice. Apart from realising that it is easier to supervise than to teach, I started musing on a phenomenon brought to my attention in a conversation with Geoff White. Geoff is a consultant in mathematics teaching in primary schools and spends quite a lot of time in schools here in the West. He has a light-hearted story about a photocopier, called Death by Toner, which has a serious point to it. Two comments from my students reminded me of Geoff's story. One student remarked that she had to be at school for seven in the morning to be assured of gaining uninterrupted use of the photocopier. A second student noted that she had managed to copy all of the work-sheets and blackline masters from some of the teachers. As part of the musings I recalled conversations with publishers who demanded the inclusion of black-line masters, fee statements from my son's school that outlined a photocopy levy, and evaluations of my mathematics education course that asked for examples of work-sheets and black-line masters to be given. I also had images of children faced with a BLM for every lesson from mathematics to social studies and memories of Geoff 's comment that preparation for the day's lessons appeared to begin by joining the queue for the photocopier. I began to wonder why this had happened and where it was leading.

This edition of APMChas a joint focus of investigating and work with younger children. …

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