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2005 Annual Conference of Mathematical Association of Victoria

Real Contexts, Graphics Calculators and Linear Functions

Maxine Andrews Mount Clear College
Sandra Herbert
University of Ballarat
Robyn Pierce University Of Ballarat

F39       Lecture             Years 9 - 10

Linear functions: many students have “trouble with the ‘word’ problems”. Our experience suggests that initial teaching focused on carefully selected real world problems, supported by the use of graphics calculators, enabled students to make sense of linear functions. This ‘sense’ transferred to abstract problems as well as new applications. In this session we will share our experience of teaching linear functions using a graphics algebra approach

A Hands-On Approach to Quadratics and Cubics

John Buruma Luther College
Jill Brown University of Melbourne

B44            Workshop        VCE

An activity based approach to make the connection between expanded and factorised forms of quadratics and cubics clearer. Practical activities involving hands-on measurement leading to the various representations and determination of appropriate constants using the TI-83. Students were interviewed by Jill Brown (Melbourne University) and some of these results will be available.

My Year 9 Maths Class is Enjoyable

Ian Edwards Luther College
Rita Visser
Luther College
Lynne Keefer Luther College

B35, H31            Workshop        Year 9

Engagement of students using technology that captures the real world has been the foundation for our Year 9 Investigation and Problem Solving strand. This session shall share our rich activities and assessment tasks, looking at how they have been developed over time, and the benefits it has been in engaging students in problem solving that is open-ended and integrated. It will have a practical session component.

Building Students’ Understanding of Rate of Change: Years 7 to 10

Sandra Herbert University of Ballarat
Robyn Pierce
University Of Ballarat

G30      Lecture            Years 7 - 10

An understanding of rate of change is both important for everyday life and fundamental to the study of calculus, however many students form limited or incorrect ideas. In this session a map will be proposed for the development of the concept of rate-of-change through early to mid-secondary years. Various contexts for good teaching examples will be explored and a range of approaches including the use of technology will be demonstrated.

BMX Bicycles, Dirt Jumps, Movies and Mathematics

Bernie McCann Santa Maria College
Robyn Pierce
University Of Ballarat, ITMS

H33      Lecture            Years 9 - 10

The thrills and excitement of the speed and tricks of one of the world’s top BMX bicycle stunt riders in action provide a strong context for engaging students in modeling paths, analysing quadratic functions and discussing rate of change. In this session these possibilities will be used to illustrate the use of video analysis tools in teaching mathematics. Issues related to the mathematics and the technical aspects of suitable movie clips will be discussed.

CAS: To Everything There is a Season

Sue Garner Ballarat Grammar School
Robyn Pierce
University Of Ballarat, ITMS

Keynote                                                                                                             Years 9 - VCE

A time to use CAS.

A time to refrain.

A time to explore.

A time to remember.

A time to extend.

A time to underpin.

A time to enrich.

A time for change.

Recent VCAA decisions regarding Computer Algebra Systems in the VCE present both challenges and possibilities. This session addresses key issues facing Year 9-12 mathematics teachers as they introduce the benefits of CAS to their classes.

Morning Maths - A Way To Help Struggling Students

Beth Price Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College
Rhonda Farkota Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Daria Buschtedt Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College

A28, E31            Lecture                                                                                                            Year 7

Year 12 volunteers work on a roster with supervising teachers to deliver a structured program to Year 7 strugglers. Students attend each morning before regular classes begin. Rhonda Farkota’s book “Elementary Maths Mastery” provides the script for the daily sessions. (Commercial Presentation? No copies of the book will be available for sale)

Middle School CAS: Opportunities and Challenges for Teachers and Students

Kaye Stacey University of Melbourne
Lynda Ball University of Melbourne

C35      Lecture            Years 9 - 10

Having CAS creates the opportunity to rethink teaching approaches for various topics in Years 9 and 10. This session will illustrate how CAS can used to scaffold middle school students’ mathematical learning, by providing examples of approaches for teaching topics such as simultaneous equations, quadratics, exact arithmetic and trigonometry. Possible classroom challenges in dealing with CAS, such as dealing with unexpected output, will also be discussed.

Surds, Spirals, CAS and Dynamic Geometry

Kaye Stacey University of Melbourne
Elizabeth Price
Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College

G32            Workshop                                                                                            Years 8 - 11

This session aims to enrich the teaching of surds. The exact value mode of CAS may support students’ work with surds, allowing them to construct patterns and share a world of beautiful mathematics. We use explorations with spiral and other geometric patterns, supported by dynamic geometry, to link surds with length through Pythagoras’ theorem, emphasise their relative size and to provide attractive contexts for simple and complex surd calculations.

Encouraging Students to Think Mathematically in VELS

David Tynan MacMillan Education Australia
Jill Vincent University of Melbourne

Gloria Stillman
University of Melbourne
Jill Brown
University of Melbourne

F35            Workshop        Years 7 - 8

Ever since ancient civilisations began to explore mathematical concepts, communication has been central to the spread of mathematical knowledge. This aspect of mathematics is often overlooked in school mathematics, but communication is now a key element of the VELS. In this session we will demonstrate various strategies and tasks that can be used to stimulate mathematical discussion and to facilitate students’ understanding by empowering them with the language of mathematics. The examples used in the session are highly relevant for Years 7 and 8.

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