Two recent publications from the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) have contributed to the topical subject of classroom talk, or ‘dialogic teaching’, which emphasises the ‘natural affordances and opportunities that dialogue gives children to learn.’
Written text can be like music – creative and exciting, thrilling and moving.
Student voice in mathematics, and the teacher’s ability to create opportunities for mathematical discourse focused on students’ ways of thinking and working, is at the heart of quality teaching.
Students need all teachers and carers in their lives across their schooling life to be passionate about mathematics, its usefulness and its beauty, and every students’ ability to improve in mathematics. Only when all our attitudes towards mathematics change will we see students’ confidence and choices regarding mathematics change.
Understanding the language of mathematics plays a large role in students becoming numerate. Whether it’s the language of mathematics or mathematical language, it’s new for all of us.