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Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v14 n2 p18-23 2009

Teachers and researchers work hard to discover the most effective ways of teaching mathematics in the primary classroom. When searching for new tasks to teach or ways to adapt a task to fit the class's profile, they often "phone a friend," drawing on the know-how and knowledge of colleagues and experts. Other articles in this issue attempt to provide that kind of lifeline by looking at ways teachers can create or adapt tasks so that they engage and challenge most students. Here the author wants to consider another important source of expertise, one that is easy to overlook. In this article, the author describes the ideal mathematics classroom from the students' points of view. (Contains 2 footnotes and 3 figures.)

Descriptors: Grade 5, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 6, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Educational Games, Interaction, Experiential Learning, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Cooperative Learning, Outdoor Education

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Author: O-Shea, Helen


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