To those concerned about our dropping Mathematics standards,
I write to you because of my experience and passion for Mathematics, and my concern for children in Australian schools.
Australia’s performance in PISA, (the Program for International Student Assessment)...
The new Maths Builder e-Texts K to 6, prepared for the new Australian Mathematics Curriculum can be accessed now from the new Maths builder homepage. See www.mathsbuilder.com.au
Maths Builder is making its interactive teaching games product, Maths Builder Champion, free to all students in schools during 2014. The username for is 'fourfours' and the password is 'fourfours'. It is ideal for homework. http://worksheets.mathsbuilder.com.au/resources/immersive/
You might like to try a game yourself. 300 of the 2000 Maths Builder games are free. These are great for independent learners, slow readers and ESL (ESOL) students. Questions have voice-over to reinforce reading as students master the Maths.
Alan McSeveny is producing an additional set of Maths Builder e-Texts to be completed by September 2014. These are specifically designed to cover every part of the content of the Australian Curriculum - Mathematics.
Knowledge is not some mysterious vapour that floats about ready to land on students. It must be actively sought and grasped by the student.
Success in mathematics requires hard work....
It is becoming rare in our culture to find older students committed to working hard at school and to being obedient to the directions given by parents and teachers. When respect for authority is present and the instructions of teachers are followed, learning is much more likely to be effective.
Parents who want a good education for their children must begin by establishing a commitment to learning within their family setting. Children
who work hard, even when the teaching is not inspiring, will reap the benefits.
Discipline these days is much more difficult to achieve within the classroom:
• as the power to discipline is removed from the teacher and the school
• as students with special needs are placed within the normal classroom
• as the time necessary to teach well within the classroom, is diverted to other areas of administration
Where time-consuming, hands-on teaching techniques are used rather than conventional methods, teachers find it hard to complete the mathematics syllabus and students develop weaknesses in mathematics.
For effective learning, we need attentive students, a capable teacher and a school executive that is empowered to discipline and exclude disruptive students.
What do you do if these ingredients are not present in your local school? … You try to make your home a place where learning is valued and supported.
From a mathematics point of view, a program called Maths Builder (www.mathsbuilder.com.au) would be a good start.
Author and Publisher of Maths Builder