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Problem-based learning is a powerful alternative to drill-and-practice or skills-based learning. In this workshop, Cath Pearn, co-author of Creative Activities in Mathematics Book 1 (ACER Press, 2015), will present a problem that can be used in class to help primary students develop an inquiry-based approach that will help their understanding of maths generally, and maths in the curriculum particularly. The problem is one to which primary students can easily relate:
'How old is my cat or dog in people years?'
The workshop will begin with a thorough look at this problem and its potential and will cover:
- the use of addition, multiplication and division of numbers under 100;
- identifying number patterns;
- describing rules using appropriate language;
- constructing, using, and interpreting tables, pictograms and graphs; and
- relating maths to real world situations.
The workshop is also underpinned by a survey of the pedagogical and theoretical basis of mathematical problem solving/inquiry in general, citing the work of Polya, Lester, Jaworski, Boaler and others.
The key learning achievements of the seminars are:
- the pedagogy of problem solving/inquiry;
- how to make such activities available for students of all ages; and
- the theory behind such teaching.
Attendees will receive tea and coffee on arrival and copies of Creative Activities in Mathematics Books 1, 2 and 3 by Derek Holton, Duncan Symons, Charles Lovitt and Cath Pearn.