Category Archives: Proficiency strands

Connecting and generalising questions

Here is the grade 7 video on generalising and connecting questions

Improving student reasoning

Sometimes kids who are seemingly brilliant at maths have a great deal of trouble showing or explaining how they solved a problem.  Try these suggestions: Try asking these questions instead of “How did you get your answer?” What operations did … READ MORE

What do the proficiency strands mean?

Fluency in the Australian Curriculum refers to building students’ content, basic skills, speed and accuracy in routine questions. Routine questions are those that students have been shown how to solve, whether these involve a single step, multiple steps, remembering a formula, … READ MORE

What is an insightful or challenging problem?

Problem-Solving in the AC refers to having students attempt never-before tried problems. These can be called insightful or novel problems.  They are completely new to the students, not word problems written from what they have already been taught, or applications … READ MORE

Assessing for Understanding rather than Fluency

In classrooms around the country gifted mathematics students are hiding in support maths.  They have been overlooked by our current Fluency assessment – left back, seeming to struggle and falling behind. Here are some simple questions that I use as … READ MORE