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  • Vanitha Govini 25 Feb 2016 10:55am () in Digital tools and mathematics

    Thanks Donna, that is a great question which encourages deeper thinking for us as teachers. 

    Making connections is an important concept in Maths. I am thinking of using Dan Meyer's 101 questions http://www.101qs.com/index.php that promotes students to ask appropriate Maths questions.

    Just found 'Build with Chrome' which is a tool that can promote application, generalisation and creativity. 


    Look forward to hearing more ideas from everyone. What other strategies and tools are we using at the relational and extended abstract levels within the maths programmes ?

  • Vanitha Govini 19 Feb 2016 4:24pm () in Google Translate adds Pasifika language - Gagana Samoa

    That's great news, Manu. I will trial Gagana Samoa. Thanks for the update.



  • Vanitha Govini 26 Aug 2015 7:36am () in MONEY WEEK 31st August - 6th September 2015

    Exciting challenge. I am tweeting this right now !

  • Vanitha Govini 06 Jul 2015 4:46pm () in Maths week - 10 - 15 August 2015

    Kia ora everyone, 

    Mathsweek 2015 (10 to 15 August) is fast approaching. 

     The registration link can be found on Maths week website. 

    Exciting and interactive activities targeting levels 1 - 5 are available.

    Please check the FAQ for any queries.

    Have you started planning exciting learning experiences for your students and whanau during Maths week ? 

    Here is a link to 2014 Maths week discussion topic.

    Please share your ideas, experiences or activities you are planning for the Maths week at your school.

  • Vanitha Govini 14 Jun 2015 8:30pm () in ALiM Curriculum Achievement Action Plan

    Kia ora Dee, Great to hear that you are getting into ALim next term. This is an exciting opportunity to accelerate students' learning and inquire into your own practice. 

    Here is a draft copy of CaAP which includes questions that will support you in developing an action plan. 

    Hope this helps.


  • Vanitha Govini 14 May 2015 10:13pm () in How are you motivating students to learn Basic Facts and Times Tables at Y7/Y8 level?

    Kia ora, In order to motivate students to learn basic facts, it is important to develop a conceptual understanding and visualisation of these facts. Students will need to understand the patterns and relationships between the numbers. Here is the link to a doc that includes strategies to derive unknown facts from known facts. Students find it easier to memorise basic facts after developing an understanding.

    e-ako nzmaths is a good tool to practice basic facts, as it is based on specific needs.

    Prototec site seems interesting. I will check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Vanitha Govini 29 Apr 2015 7:06pm () in Year 1 Maths Extension

    You could explore nzmaths e-ako which Place value/ basic facts/problem solving and 'Thinking blocks' that helps to model and solve Maths problems. 

  • Vanitha Govini 03 Feb 2015 10:26pm () in 2015 #Mathschatnz is on Thursday at 8:30 pm !

    Message from Ben Hilliam, Assistant HOD Mathematics, St Andrew’s College, Christchurch

    Hi everyone,

    #MathschatNZ, New Zealand’s leading twitter chat group for teachers of Mathematics is starting up again for 2015. It will run Wednesday at 8:30pm. (we will usually run on Thursdays). If you are new to twitter, this might be an excellent excuse to get into it. You will need an account to participate and you can click on #MathschatNZ to follow the conversation thread.

    This week we are privileged to have the chat moderated by Kristian Giles, the secretary of the Canterbury Mathematical Association.

    See you there at 8:30!

    Kind regards,

    Ben Hilliam

    Assistant HOD Mathematics

    Microsoft Expert Educator

    St Andrew’s College, Christchurch


  • Vanitha Govini 17 Dec 2014 6:55am () in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts and ideas regarding the name of this group. 

    We will change the group to " Maths in the Primary School" as it is easy to locate and encompasses future focused Mathematics and Statistics.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Have a well deserved break ! 


  • Vanitha Govini 15 Dec 2014 9:51am () in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

    Good thinking, Allanah. Thanks for your support and contribution. Looking forward to collaborating further in the area of future focused Mathematics and Statistics.