Academic journal article Australian Mathematics Teacher

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Mathematics Teacher

Editorial

Article excerpt

The end of another year is approaching, and I am sure it has been a busy one for teachers of mathematics in Australia. The end of the year will hopefully give readers time to pause and reflect and to plan for the future.

Visualisation is a very important aspect of mathematics. When my students are trying to solve a problem, I always suggest that they try to visualise what is happening and, where possible, draw a diagram to represent what is going on. Some schools that I work with have found interactive whiteboards very useful for teaching mathematics for just that reason: the whiteboards allow you to use visual representations very effectively. Three of the articles in this issue deal with different ways of teaching mathematics using visual representations:

In her paper Fostering Mathematical Understanding through Physical and Virtual Manipulatives, Esther Yook Kin Loong looks at how the use of manipulatives can help students develop a deeper understanding.

This visual theme is continued in Using Concept Maps to Show 'Connections' in Measurement: An Example from the Australian Curriculum from Margaret Marshman. The visual connection between concepts is a powerful tool to allow students to see the interrelatedness of mathematics.

A different form of visualisation is highlighted in Note-taking in a Mathematics Classroom by Leong Yew Hoong, Tay Eng Guan, Quek Khiok Seng, Yap Sook Fwe, Tong Cherng Luen, Toh Wei Yeng Karen, Alexander Chia and Ong Yao Teck. …

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