These are two topics that I am very passionate about. What I love about this article is it confirms the approach being used by Australasian schools. I have had the benefit of many hours of maths learning this year and key to this learning is teaching children about mathematical concepts through inquiry and talk.
Children who 'get maths' need to be challenged to think mathematically and rich mathematical tasks that are open ended and lead to a discussion of pure mathematics do this. We need to get our bright children talking and discovering mathematical ideas rather than keeping them busy with pages of problems or websites and games.
Sources for these activities include:
Otago Maths Problem Solving Resources
Andrew Jeffrey Resources www.andrewjeffrey.co.uk
Open Ended Maths Activities, SullivanP., & Lilburn, P. (2004)
Figure it Out Resources
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