Adele comments: It is an honor and I feel I am also an honorary ambassador for Australia, math teaching, and Task Center!
(Editor: Note the strong influence of cultural immersion on spelling ... only joking Adele.)
My 5/6 classroom has been buzzing this week with lots of maths tasks - some rounded up from the MAV problem of the week site, to which I've added:
"How many solutions are there?"
"How do we know when we have them all?"
We've talked mathematically, tried to solve problems, made mistakes, justified our ideas, created formulae, run out of time and had lots of fun. I've tried to be the back-seat driver letting the kids help/challenge each other to solutions. What a change in dynamics! It's such a fantastic thing to see the kids develop the confidence and language to talk about their ideas.
And then today another teacher popped in to find out what all the noise was about and has gone off to try one of the activities with his 3/4 class...
We had a 3 week "summer institute" (a nice name for summer school) for our low achieving 6th - 8th grade students in math. I developed the curriculum around 9 math tasks from Maths300 (predominately on ratios and proportions, but other fun stuff mixed in). I then trained 3 teachers in using those 9 tasks and then let them go! Early reports were that the teachers and students loved them. Assessment data results will be available in the next 4 - 6 weeks.