High School Brief Description & Educational Value

Each set contains 17 large, colourful, hands-on displays. They are designed and

Manufactured by World of Maths (with Copyright) specifically for Years 7 and Years 8 & 9 in High School.

They involve two types of activities: Solving problems from a given situation, and guided discovery whereby the students will discover or identify mathematical concepts and ideas.

The set of displays contain corresponding worksheets for the students and an 8 page teacher booklet, which contains a description of the activities, the skills and strategies the students use, the answers to the problems and teacher follow-on for the classroom. The answer and information booklet is given to the teacher/s at the beginning of the presentation.

Each session is not designed for the students to be able to complete all the activities. There are deliberately more activities than what can be done in the session time to: give enough variety; (The set contains problems and tasks in the strands of number, space, measurement, graphs, statistics and logical thinking and sequencing), and keep all students occupied with no waiting time. (The students are allowed to spend as much time as they need at each activity).

For High School years our activities cover many strands of Maths (not just problem solving) with more questions and Mathematical investigation. Some of the 17 activities have not one but several outcomes that can be achieved.

Where development of thinking skills is a dominant objective for teaching and learning mathematics, it is important that teachers have access to a variety of problems and problem situations. When experiencing ‘World of Maths’ the students have an opportunity to acquire a variety of different skills and strategies needed for problem solving.

Specific Values:
Students have the time and freedom to pursue their own paths in trying to solve the problems. The students can experience mathematics related to practical and real-life    situations. Motivation is very important. World of Maths is an enjoyable and attractive situation which makes the students want to think. It helps develop skills necessary to work in small groups as an effective way of learning mathematics. It allows the students to interact, which can boost their confidence. Promotes positive attitudes towards mathematics.