In Australia, they are taking an initiative to get more math and science graduates into primary teaching -- those who do so will have a 50% refund on their loan payments.
This in response to a study in July from the National Numeracy Review that "concluded that systematic teaching of numeracy in the early years of schooling, in maths lessons and across the wider curriculum, was essential if these trends were to be reversed."
I find this interesting and hope that it will encourage people who love math and science AND STUDENTS will accept. Just a geek doesn't mean you love students or want to teach them.
These amazing 12 free games would be great for interactive whiteboard or laptop. I've played a few of the. I love #3 which lets you teach coordinates. You can choose one quadrant (x,y - positive numbers only), 2 quadrants (xy - positive and negatives) or 4 (xyz positive and negatives) - great game for reinforcement.
All of the games are math / numeracy games so spread this like crazy for your math classes. TES is a great site out of the UK for free stuff and is the largest network of English speaking teachers in the world.
This is a 'must try' maths iPad app. Play fun, useful and beautifully designed games for every numeracy topic. Adding to algebra! The more you play, the more levels that get unlocked.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Big list of flash-based activities, games, and interactives that work well for use with an interactive whiteboard in a mathematics classroom. Includes many areas of math including geometry, numeracy, fractions, probability, and more.
Is this really grade 4 and 5 stuff?? I thought it was a bit of a stretch, at first, especially given that most kids don't learn about these human statistics until middle or high school. However, the more I studied them, the more I realized that a huge range of numeracy skills are embedded in each of these statistics.
"In September we introduced the new curriculum across all subjects and all of our school. This was scaffolding using the Chris Quigley's Essentials materials, during the previous year we had used a numeracy curriculum created by teachers within the Deal Learning Alliance, which a great source and piece of collaborative work in its own right, held too many links back to APP statement and old national curriculum levels. As as school we were finding that the DLA maths document did not provide the scaffold for the raised expectations in mathematics primary curriculum, furthermore, the deeper into the curriculum we delved, the harder it seemed to make the teaching, learning and assessment work efficiently."
A superb cartoon based maths site with areas for parents, teachers and kids. Play fun multiplication and time activities.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
A fabulous maths blog with a huge catalogue of Primary maths resources, many of these available to download as PDFs.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
A great maths site with flash resources, online tests and worksheets on a range of maths topics to print or use on your whiteboard.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
Turtle Diary is a wonderful, must try site packed with a huge collection of online interactive games and activities for young children, including maths and literacy resources.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Early+Years
A maths whiteboard resource about area and perimeter. Watch an explanation and then complete randomised questions with a virtual ruler to measure.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
A great whiteboard game for teaching about number lines, decimals and place value. Work out what the number is along the number line.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths