A Lovely Looper
We found a green grub in a cob of corn in our vegetable garden. It’s called a looper and is also known as an inch-worm or a measuring-worm. Have you ever seen a looper move?
Our looper was 4 cm long. It had 3 pairs legs at the front and 3 pairs of pseudo-legs at the back. The middle section of its body (which makes the loop) was legless. This legless section was about half of its body length. How many times do you think this looper would need to stretch forw...ard with its front legs, for it to travel a metre?
Book Now for the APSMO 2017 Maths Symposium - Friday, 28 July
Attention primary and high school maths teachers!! Join #CharlesLovitt who will be discussing how we can bridge the gap between Stages 3 and 4 plus we will be running three highly practical workshops - all counted towards NESA Registered PD. For more information and bookings visit www.apsmo.edu.au/symposium
Professional Learning in Southern Sydney
It was lovely to meet so many wonderful teachers who attended our course in southern Sydney last Friday, thank you for coming. We hope you found the day to be valuable and enjoyable. Our thanks also to the staff at Tradies Gymea for helping the day run so smoothly.
Thank you to all of the lovely teachers from Canberra and surrounds, who attended our professional learning course in Ainslie last Friday. I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did. We would also like to thank the staff at Ainslie Football and Social Club for all their help - it was one of the most gorgeous classrooms I have ever seen!
APSMO Professional Learning Courses Term 2
We are thrilled to be running two more professional learning courses in Term 2 to provide teachers in the ACT and Sydney with a highly practical day of sharing strategies for teaching problem solving in mathematics :
Friday, 16 June - Ainslie, ACT
Friday, 23 June - Gymea, NSW
Take a look at what you will get out of the day and find out what other teachers think of the course - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njp6HprPHF4
Professional Learning in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Professional Learning course in Pascoe Vale last Friday. It was an enjoyable and informative day. Teachers came from many different schools around Melbourne and as far away as Phillip Island.
A special thanks to the staff of the Pascoe Vale Hotel who went out of their way to assist us during the day.
Times Tables and Incentive Charts
I normally use a hundred grid sticker chart for kids to track their progress. It serves multiple purposes because you can have (say) a silver star for every third sticker, and then you get a pretty pattern which doubles as a representation of a multiplication table.
Recently I came across this wonderful multiplication pattern from Burkhard Polster, so I thought I would try it out as an incentive chart. The kids love it because, even though it... is beautiful, they have no idea what it is going to end up looking like. So now, instead of getting a sticker, they are allowed to draw a line - which also teaches them how to use a ruler accurately!
Maths Games Contest 1 - 17 May
This is our 3rd Year of the Maths Games and we are expecting over 13000 students will participate in the first contest this week.
Good luck to everyone involved. We hope that you enjoy the challenge of creative problem solving.
Mathematical Mother's Day Craft
14 May is Mother's Day, and what mother would not be impressed by a rose that converts into its own gift box? This origami project uses simple folds, with angles of 90 and 45 degrees. Each rose requires six squares of paper (three green, and three of the petal colour). Angles, fractions, nets, and lots of other good stuff can be covered in this activity.