Sunday, 3 August 2014

Field diagrams - Year 11 General Mathematics

Today all of the year 11 general mathematics classes joined together to learn about field diagrams.  

Field diagrams are used to measure the area of odd shaped spaces, most usually paddocks or fields.  The area of a space is calculated by dividing a shape into a series of triangles and trapeziums and then adding all of the individual areas together to find the total area of the space.

Photos are below of the students in action!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

iPads + maths = fun to the power of fun! (That's a lot of fun)

Today our year 10 5.3 students are using the school's iPads to do some online learning and revision before their first assessment task next week. 

The silence is deafening, so there must be some serious learning going on!

Learning about 3D spatial awareness using tap tap blocks, an app available for free on iPads.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Technology + maths = FUN!

Year 8 students using the student response network on our laptops to do a maths quiz.  Answers are recorded in real-time over the internet. It's like a 25 person game show!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Maths Club Returns for 2014!

It's back again. Maths club is every Wednesday from 2:45 to 3:15 in the bottom of C block. The room is coordinated by Ms Huey with help from all the maths staff. We hope to see more of our senior students this year as they prepare for the HSC. Many of our junior students use the time to complete homework and MathsMate shets. For those who like a mental challenge whilst using their hands Mr Quinn brings his range of Rubik's cubes. There is also a great weekly lucky door prize for those students who stay for Maths Club.
Here's a few pictures from week 1.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

It's here finally!

After a wait we finally have the final piece installed in our new learning space. The large whiteboard has been mounted onto the teachers desk and students are loving the new workspace.
Above is our top year ten class using it to solve polynomial equations by long division.

Above the year ten class is graphing physical phenomena.

Our 8D class had great fun drawing different types of graphs such as line and sector graphs.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Transforming a Classroom into an Inspiring Learning Space

After traveling to EduTech 2013 and being shown how schools have created learning spaces that encourage collaborative learning and encourage interaction between students we have transformed one of our classrooms. we have added more comfortable furniture, laptop desks and tables and windows to draw, create and develop ideas on. This concept is new for a Mathematics classroom but we hope it will be a fresh approach for our students.
This is the layout for most classrooms and has been for well over a century. 
Our first change was to rearrange the layout of the tables to allow for more group learning.
We also added bean bags and cushions while we waited for our new furniture to arrive. 
The students love using the lap desks even when sitting at the desks.

Here's a panorama of the room set up with our new furniture ready to go for term 4.

The seats and tables are set out ready for small groups.
The table in the middle is now awaiting the whiteboard to be mounted onto it. Exciting times ahead!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Record crowd at Maths Club

Fantastic effort by students to set a new attendance record for Maths club. Working on assessments, mathsmate, quadratic equations and Maths dominoes.
Great help from Richard too!!