MathsTalk Podcast

Welcome to MATHSTALK by AMSI Schools – where conversations in maths become part of your professional learning practice!

MATHSTALK brings classroom teachers of Mathematics a series of practice-focused professional learning conversations. Our episodes tackle key concepts, ideas and content in the Mathematics curriculum – and how to teach them effectively. Delivered and hosted by experienced mathematics educators and AMSI Schools Outreach Officers, MATHSTALK combines mathematical content knowledge, pedagogical expertise and practical classroom ‘knowhow’ for maths teaching practitioners from Foundation through to the senior years.

MathsTalk Podcast
MathsTalk Podcast
MathsTalk Podcast

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SERIES 5: EPISODE 2 - TALKING GEOMETRY WITH MIKE CLAPPER

Hosts Leanne McMahon and Michael O’Connor are  joined by Mike Clapper, former Executive Director and Chief Mathematician at the Australian Mathematics Trust, to talk about geometry and its importance in the Australian Curriculum. We cover everything from why we teach geometry and how to develop geometric reasoning in our students to packing your car boot on camping holidays. Mike has kindly provided some accompanying episode notes which will be available to download through our calculate.org.au website as well as some links to some other related resources.

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SERIES 5: EPISODE 1 - EDU TWITTER PODCAST

Have you ever felt the urge to dip your toe in the murky waters of Twitter? In this episode, host, Leanne McMahon talks to Outreach Officer Cass Lowry about how to get started on Twitter and how it can be used as a part of your professional learning. We look at setting up your account, lurking, liking and finally getting involved in Twitter Chats – Especially ours! #MathsTalk 8pm AEST every Thursday.

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SERIES 4: EPISODE 2 - GEOMETRY REASONING

Host, Marcus Garrett talks to two members of the AMSI Outreach team, Cass Lowry and Michael O’Connor about the important proficiency of reasoning and how we can develop this in students of all ages, from pre-primary to later secondary. Contact us if you have comments or suggestions.

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SERIES 4: EPISODE 1 - DEALING WITH MISCONCEPTIONS IN GEOMETRY

This is the first episode in Series 4 for MathsTalk, in Term 3 of 2020 and in this series, we are focusing on Geometry. Host, Leanne McMahon chats with 2018 CHOOSEMATHS Teacher Award winner Sheila Griffin and fellow AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Anna Bock, about common student – and sometimes teacher – misconceptions in Geometry. We discuss how they can be tackled in the maths classroom in ways that engage students and really encourage them to think.

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This is the first episode in Series 4 for MathsTalk, in Term 3 of 2020 and in this series, we are focusing on Geometry. Host, Leanne McMahon chats with 2018 CHOOSEMATHS Teacher Award winner Sheila Griffin and fellow AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Anna Bock, about common student – and sometimes teacher – misconceptions in Geometry. We discuss how they can be tackled in the maths classroom in ways that engage students and really encourage them to think.

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SERIES 3: EPISODE 5 - KEEP CALM AND REMAIN CRITICAL

Special guest Dr Catherine Attard discusses her latest blog post with AMSI Outreach Officers Marcus Garrett and Leanne McMahon. In a spirited conversation, they look at how teachers and parents can discern between good and not-so-great mathematics resources in this time of information overload. They also discuss effective use of technology in Mathematics, the difference between performing and learning in maths and what ‘home-schooling’ really means.

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SERIES 3: EPISODE 4 - DEVELOPING NUMBER SENSE WITH SARAH ROSE

This episode of MathsTalk looks at the importance of developing number sense in small children and how this can be done by both teachers and parents.

Hosts Leanne McMahon and Marcus Garrett speak with 2018 AMSI CHOOSEMATHS Teacher Award winner Sarah Rose, from the Hunter Valley in NSW.

Sarah gives some great ideas for the development of number sense in children from babies to later primary years.

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SERIES 3: EPISODE 3 - LISTENING TO STUDENTS' VOICES IN MATHEMATICS

In this episode of MathsTalk, Leanne and Marcus chat to recent CHOOSEMATHS Schools Outreach Officer and current secondary mathematics teacher Jacinta Blencowe about why allowing students to talk about their mathematical working and understanding is such a critical element in their maths education. They discuss the ways in which parents and teachers can develop children’s mathematical language and vocabulary and also provide some practical tips, resources and strategies for encouraging useful and productive discourse around mathematical working and problem solving.

Please note that due to remote recording under the sudden circumstances of work-from-home arrangements during the Covid-19 crisis, the recording sound quality for this and last episode is not to our usual standard. We are working on gaining access to equipment to ensure future from-home recordings are at the best sound quality possible.

Thanks for your understanding.

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SERIES 3: EPISODE 2 - TIPS AND TRICKS COMPILATION

Host, Leanne McMahon introduces her fellow Outreach Officers from AMSI Schools and asks them what is their go-to Mathematics activity for children at home. We cover ages 5-16 and give some fun, practical tips for making Maths interesting and relevant for your house-bound mini mathematicians.

Please note that due to remote recording under the sudden circumstances of work-from-home arrangements during the Covid-19 crisis, the recording sound quality for this and last episode is not to our usual standard. We are working on gaining access to equipment to ensure future from-home recordings are at the best sound quality possible.

Thanks for your understanding.

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SERIES 3: EPISODE 1 - USING MATHS GAMES AND ACTIVITIES DURING HOME LEARNING

In this Episode, Marcus Garrett speaks with mathematics education guru Michael Minas about using maths games and activities to engage students during home based learning, precipitated by the Covid-19 crisis during which most Australian classrooms are operating via distance learning. Michael provides parents, caregivers and teachers with both encouragement and some great, practical tips about how to engage – and focus – children and young people during this challenging time.

Please note that due to remote recording under the sudden circumstances of work-from-home arrangements during the Covid-19 crisis, the recording sound quality for this and last episode is not to our usual standard. We are working on gaining access to equipment to ensure future from-home recordings are at the best sound quality possible.

Thanks for your understanding.

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SERIES 3: INTRO –MATHS AT HOME FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

In our special ‘Social Isolation’ Episode, Host Marcus Garrett, talks to AMSI Schools Program Manager and CHOOSEMATHS Project Director, Janine Sprakel about what we should be doing to help children of all ages with their Mathematics at home. We look at the expectations on parents at this crazy time and how to manage them. We then examine some of the fantastic resources, ideas and games that can be found on the Calculate website and on other websites from around the world.

Learn how to enjoy this time with your children, with tips to find curriculum-linked games and activities, all designed to increase confidence and joy in students, parents and teachers alike.

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SERIES 2: EPISODE 1 - STARTING THE YEAR IN MATHS: WHAT MATHS CLASSROOMS NEED

In this episode, host Marcus Garrett talks to AMSI Outreach Officers Cass Lowry (primary) and Leanne McMahon (secondary) about what Maths Classrooms need. They discuss must-have manipulatives in both primary and secondary classrooms and also look at On-line resources and text books.

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SERIES 2: EPISODE 2 – WHAT MAKES FOR A GOOD MATHS LESSON?

Host Leanne McMahon talks to AMSI Schools Manager Janine Sprakel and Outreach Officer Marcus Garrett about the features of a good Maths lesson. We look at the structure, content, delivery and context of lessons and how to plan for a sensational learning experience with your students.

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SERIES 2: EPISODE 3 – PI DAY SPECIAL

In a special episode to celebrate International Maths Day, host Leanne McMahon talks to AMSI CHOOSEMATHS award winners Elizabeth Dewar and Ryan Jellie. We discuss the changes that they’ve made to the teaching of Maths at Boneo Primary School and how these changes have affected their students. AMSI Outreach Officer Marcus Garrett joins Leanne in a road trip to Boneo to talk to the students and hear about their interpretation of ‘Maths is everywhere.’

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EPISODE 5: MULTIPLICATION MATTERS PART 3

Host Leanne McMahon chats to AMSI Schools Outreach Officers Nadia Abdelal and Marcus Garrett about multiplication in this final episode in the Multiplication Matters series. They talk everything arrays, how they connect to vertical algorithms as well as why they are important in algebraic expansion and factorisation.

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EPISODE 4: FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS PART 2

Hosts Marcus Garrett and Nadia Abdelal continue the discussion with Outreach Officer Helen Booth on the teaching of fractions and decimals. This episode focuses on the five fractional constructs and the importance of delivering these in a more conceptual way.

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EPISODE 3: MULTIPLICATION MATTERS PART 2

Host Nadia Abdelal and AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Leanne McMahon delve further into multiplicative concepts, with a focus on the pedagogical progressions. They chat about the importance of subitising and how this developmental milestone paves the way for successful multiplicative development.

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EPISODE 2: TALKING NUMBER – FRACTIONAL THINKING

Host Marcus Garrett and AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Helen Booth discuss the difficulties that students have with learning fractions and decimals, how this can impact learning and ways to address these.

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EPISODE 1: MULTIPLICATION MATTERS PART 1

Host Marcus Garrett and AMSI Schools Outreach Officer Leanne McMahon discuss the difference between ‘knowing multiplication facts’ and ‘multiplicative thinking’. They chat about the developmental sequence of multiplication-related concepts from the early years through to the middle years in the Australian maths curriculum.

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