The MathsCraft Curriculum is a two-term program for students in years 5-10, to do maths like a research mathematician in their own classes. The Curriculum will be available for use starting in 2020.
Current mathematics curricula focus largely on content new to the students, and not so much on using previously learned ideas to develop behaviours akin to those of research mathematicians.
The MathsCraft Curriculum aims to supplement current curricula by providing an environment where students are free to gain practice at these behaviours, regardless of their familiarity with the current year’s content.
Intended use of the curriculum
This curriculum is designed:
- for students in years 5-10 (Australian)
- to be used with all students, no matter their achievement level
- to be run over two terms (ideally terms 2 and 3)
- Over the course of terms 2 and 3, spend at least 100 minutes, possibly split over 2 or 3 lessons, on each of 5 problems.
- Students can work as individuals or in groups of 2 or 3.
- For the assessment problem, spend 100 minutes in one sitting.
During the minimum of 100 minutes per problem, the students will learn/extend/refine their ability with some/all of the behaviours. Not all problems will necessarily require all behaviours.
The "rubric" of behaviours
Research mathematicians often have no idea whether their work will go somewhere or hit a brick wall.
As such, our rubric focuses on mathematical behaviours rather than only answers and proofs. The categories of behaviours used are:
- Doing things to help you have an idea
- Having an idea
- Doing something with that idea
- Creating a new problem
Support for the use of the curriculum
By signing up to use the MathsCraft Curriculum:
- You will receive a login to the MathsCraft website, which will give you access to detailed solutions to the problems;
- You will be invited to join a discussion group with others who are running the Curriculum.
You can also attend a MathsCraft Professional Development workshop to see some problems in action and get ideas for how to run them.