Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to the second issue of Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom for 2015. In this issue we see a focus on the Proficiency strand and the Australian Curriculum general capability of Information and Communication (ICT). Each of the articles in this issue provides sound advice and practical teaching and learning ideas for the primary mathematics classroom.

In the first article, Host, Baynham and McMaster present the second part of their work on using technology to explore angles. They provide a range of hands-on and technology-based activities that focus on the ideas of opening and turns. We then turn to the important proficiency of reasoning, where Bragg, Loong, Widjaja, Vale and Herbert explore via the 'magic V' task. They share their experiences of delivering the task in classrooms in Australia and Canada and provide some useful advice on how to support reasoning and promote the skills of justifying and forming generalisations.

Continuing the theme of proficiencies, Jessica Hunt gives us insight into how to gain a better understanding of the mathematical thinking of children in primary classrooms. She describes the use of clinical interviews and provides us with a framework for planning and conducting interviews in our own classrooms. …

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