# Differentiation

### Resources for returning to the classroom

It is natural that kids’ experience of maths while learning at home will vary widely. To ensure your class works well over the remaining months of the year, we have

### Failing fast and failing forward

Tierney Kennedy A few years ago mathematician Terence Tao created a Polymath[1] group to work on the Twin Prime Conjecture – a project where mathematicians collaborate together to solve vexing

### When kids get stuck and never catch up

Recently I’ve been pondering findings from a major report into Australian schooling that kids who are struggling in maths by the end of primary school often never catch up (Masters,

### Mathsbusters: experimenting to bust misconceptions

>>> Introducing conceptual change programs Let’s face it – nobody likes being wrong.  Not kids, and not us.  So, when maths becomes all about the right answers, that makes it

>>> Why does intervention look so very different to what we would consider to be great maths? Intervention is hard.  The Masters Report (2009) shows that there is a gap

### Is there really an ideal maths lesson?

I am often asked what makes a perfect mathematics lesson.  This is a difficult question to answer, as I’m not sure that there is one best lesson.  It really depends

### “But you must… But you can’t…” Simple ways of adding complexity to challenging tasks

Sometimes it seems like we make maths teaching more difficult than it needs to be, but make the maths itself easier than it should be.  Challenging tasks are not only

### Making Extension Manageable

Key 1: Make the maths weirder rather than making the numbers harder Give the starting and ending numbers and ask, “What happened?” Work backwards from the end point to the

### Using Rotation Groups Successfully

By Tierney Kennedy Activities are at this link. Watch a free video at the bottom. Buy convenient, pre-made cards here Almost every lower primary classroom that I have been into

### Horizontal algorithms and negative numbers from year 1

Often we spend large amounts of time in primary schools practicing vertical algorithms.  I have to wonder if there isn’t perhaps a better way to spend our time.  Here are

### Rapid growth in understanding for Emilie in year 2

Today I was working with a year two class on understanding tens and ones.  We used a hundreds chart as a tool to help the students develop deep understanding of

### Why do some kids put themselves in the “support” category when they are gifted at maths?

This question has been plaguing me a lot lately. In the last week two students have been playing on my mind.  Today I taught a year eight girl who thought

### Kids who just want worksheets so that they can get all the answers right…

In every class of students there is usually someone who considers themselves very good at maths.  They are highly successful at getting the right answers to routine questions and are

### Work Program for one and two teacher schools now available

One and two teacher schools face significant challenges in implementing the Australian Curriculum.  With this in mind, Tierney Kennedy has designed a work program that utilises Back-to-Front Maths web access

### Differentiation and how to really cater for kids working at very different levels… without driving yourself nuts

The reality of classroom teaching nowadays is that no teacher has a class of students who are all working at the one level. Teachers who aim their maths lesson at