Process over product: It's more than an equation


Developing number and algebra together provide opportunities for searching for patterns, conjecturing, justifying and generalising mathematical relationships. It allows the focus to be on the process of mathematics and noticing the structure of arithmetic, rather than the product of arriving at a correct idea. Two of the big ideas in mathematics are multiplicative thinking and algebraic reasoning. By noticing the structure of multiplicative situations, students will be in a position to reason algebraically and the process of reasoning algebraically will allow students to appreciate the value of thinking multiplicatively rather than additively. The aim of this hands-on workshop will be to link the two big ideas looking at how each enhances the study of the other. Participants will work through a range of tasks suitable for use in their classrooms and investigate how these tasks can assist teachers to encourage students to notice the underlying structure of mathematics.

Lorraine Day
Derek Hurrell

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
C-42 06/12/2018 12:10 pm 01:10 pm La Trobe University


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