However I think Andy is a little devious. His email reports that Garden Beds, Truth Tiles, Win At The Fair and Eric The Sheep all went well, but his next assignment for the kids was Hearts & Loops. Try explaining the solution of that to someone else over the Internet.
Andy is also keen on The Great Domino Sum Challenge which you can find in the Classroom Contributions section of the Dominoes lesson (#66) on Maths300. Seems he ran a parent night where some parents brought along new solutions because they had become engrossed in the problem through their child's homework.
Andy also ran a whole school (secondary school that is) curriculum day in mathematics. During the day one of the non-mathematics teachers also found a solution to the domino challenge and that has also been added to the link above.
Full of beans as usual, Andy tells me he is collecting all this information about Dominoes as research for an article on the Task Centre Project that he hopes to publish for the 10th Anniversary.
My math team has been spending the year solidifying our philosophical vision (no small task), writing goals, and agreeing on measures. We then collected information from all teachers regarding positives and barriers. The interesting thread that came out of it was that teachers felt overwhelmed by the amount of resources we have provided them and need help in managing those resources.One of the reasons for developing Maths With Attitude was to respond to a similar cry from teachers and schools who don't have the benefit of a 'Sally' and her team to lead them along this professional development path.
The latest news from the research (which is managed by Rosemary Callingham, formerly University of Tasmania, and Patrick Griffin, University of Melbourne) is that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students has continued to close over the four years. This consistent and extensive PD has resulted in big gains for all students. In particular, Indigenous girls are now scoring equally with non-Indigenous girls. Sinsa is one of those Aboriginal girls and her developing interest in Maths has led to this puzzle. To prepare yourself for it, tear a piece of paper into 10 tiles. Write the numbers 1 through 9 on them and leave one blank. Sinsa asks you to:
Use the digits 1 - 9, and just one of them twice, to make the days of the year.