Thinking mathematically

I spent the last day and an evening working with a group of Maths teachers, mainly listening and supporting because a lot of the time I was pretty much out of my depth with the things they were working on. The emphasis though was on thinking in mathematics, and building tasks that require thinking and creativity, not rote application of learned processes.

At one stage we broke into groups, went outside in the crisp Dandenongs air, were given a bunch of tools and gadgets and told we had to work out a way to teach a concept (in our case: Gradient) Somehow I found myself involved and I learned a lot.  Maths was never my strong suit, but I understand a little more about the language and the thinking now.

Photo: Warrick