- Discussion
- Maths in the Primary School
- Looking forward to uLearn 2013

- Public
- 1 like
Vanitha Govini liked this

Started by Amy Chakif 04 Sep 2013 12:37am () Replies (3)

uLearn 2013 is on its way and we are keen to see as many as possible at the 'Wading through the literacy to get to the maths!' breakout session: Breakout One on 09 Oct 2013 at 11:15 to 12:30.

Mathematics in the New Zealand curriculum is heavily intertwined with literacy. Learners need to unpack context language to identify and then solve mathematical problems. This is a challenge for learners, particularly for English language learners. Teachers often struggle to find strategies to support their learners to access the mathematics couched in word problems. The temptation is to decode the language surrounding the mathematics for the learner, so the learner can focus on just the mathematical content. However, this approach may undermine the learners’ ability to access mathematical problems as they move through to secondary school. Teachers also often struggle to provide opportunities for students to articulate their thinking and participate in mathematical communication.

We will explore how digital technologies can enhance mathematical discourse in a classroom. 21^{st} century learning pedagogies will run through all strategies explored in this workshop with a particular focus on collaboration. Underpinned by the Mathematics/Pangarau BES research, this workshop will focus on instructional strategies to scaffold mathematical language comprehension and communication.

Lets start the discussion now...how do you support your learners with the literacy required for maths? What role does mathematical discussion play in your maths lesson? What are you frustrations? Challenges? Successes?

- Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 10 Sep 2013 3:59pm ()
Here are a couple of links to discussions around the relationships between literacy and maths language.

This one is cross posted from the Secondary Literacy list serve

and this oneHere is another post on developing literacy through maths from the Class Teaching Blog.My picks of the developing literacy through discussion activities from the blog are...

Always, Sometimes, Never - Students are shown a statement and are asked to decide whether the statement is always true, sometimes true or never true. Students should justify their answer with examples and non-examples to the class.

Odd One Out3 items – all linked (e.g. three triangles, all different types). Students must justify each one as being the odd one out in as many ways as they can. - Vanitha Govini (View all users posts) 10 Sep 2013 8:38pm ()
Kia ora Catriona, Thanks for these cross posts especially the post that has ' 10 ways literacy can promote a deeper understanding of maths.' I absolutely believe that mathematical discourse / academically productive talk can build deeper understanding. I like the idea of asking students to explain a mistake they made as it promotes risk taking.

e-Learning in primary mathematics