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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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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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 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 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 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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SERIES 2: STARTING THE YEAR IN MATHS PART 1 (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 'MATHS IS EVERYWHERE'

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 Garret joins Leanne in a road trip to Boneo to talk to the students and hear about their interpretation of ‘Maths is everywhere.’

Come back 4 weeks, to a time when we didn’t know about social distancing or exponential growth, but please excuse any of the sound glitches. We’re working under exceptional circumstances.

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