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A look at the new Mathematics 7-10 syllabus for NSW

Saturday, 11 February 2023 ·

This post is a single point to access some of the resources I'm developing as I investigate the new Mathematics K-10 Syllabus (2022) released by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

A look at the new Mathematics Standard syllabus for NSW

Monday, 03 April 2017 ·

Updated: 23/06/2017

DoE Numeracy Conference logoDoE Numeracy Conference: the presentation is item 5a below. The continuum handout is item 6. NOTE, I have added an amendment after the presentation upon reading the NESA Course Descriptions released 21/6/17. The continuum handout is correct as per the Syllabus but incorrect as per the Course Descriptions.



This post is a single point to access some of the resources I'm developing as I investigate the new Mathematics Standard Stage 6 Syllabus (2017) released by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Growth Mindset. Yes, but…

Thursday, 09 April 2015 ·

As I've thought about "Growth Mindset", see also Jo Boaler, I am convinced but then I head into class and walk out unconvinced. That disconnection is helpfully elaborated on in this blog post:

The Math Ceiling: Where’s your cognitive breaking point?

Math with Bad Drawings

Looking to 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015 ·

I usually write a start of year post. Here are a few quick specifics.

How teaching should look

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 ·

The struggle we face in education

Saturday, 22 November 2014 ·

There are students in my classes for whom no matter what you do, they will not engage. They lack motivation. The motivations I would have had at school: please my parents, work hard out of a sense of duty, do my best to move forward to the next thing, do not exist even a smidge for some students.

MANSW 2013 Extras

Sunday, 15 September 2013 · (0) Comments

Some extra bits from the MANSW Annual Conference.

MANSW 2013 Day 2

Sunday, 15 September 2013 · (4) Comments

Day 2 summary, see also Day 1.

MANSW 2013 Day 1

Sunday, 15 September 2013 · (0) Comments

A summary of the sessions I attended at the 2013 MANSW Annual Conference. This summary is the key points I wanted to remember.

Current State 2

Sunday, 14 April 2013 ·

After writing Current State, I read these three articles that all resonated.

Current State

Thursday, 11 April 2013 ·

There have not been many thoughts on the art of teaching on this blog for a while. Most of my posts have been about an activity/resource that I’m sharing, and it will continue to be that way.

More MANSW 2012 thoughts

Thursday, 20 September 2012 ·

In no particular order, some more thoughts after attending the MANSW 2012 Conference.

Understanding the Battle?

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 ·

2011 (my 6th year of teaching) was a year of befuddlement1.

Pre-service Reflection

Saturday, 18 June 2011 ·

For 4 weeks this term, I handed over 3 of my classes (Year 7, 8 and 9 5.3) to a pre-service teacher from UWS. This is an important time for a pre-service teacher when in total they only spend 8 weeks in the classroom before ‘becoming a teacher’.

To a new teacher…

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 ·

A quote:

Learning math is like learning to play the piano. First menial arithmetic and endless scales, but then Chopin and one’s imagination. @mathematicsprof

Having done both (learn maths and learn the piano) I love this quote. I hated scales when learning the piano. It wasn’t till I had got through my many years of formal piano lessons that I understood how fundamental learning scales was to everything I can do on the piano. As teachers of maths, we face that same kid, trying to convince them that what they are learning now will bring them greater understanding later.

4 years on

Friday, 14 January 2011 ·

Four years ago today, the first post on this blog was published.

Back to it…

Monday, 08 November 2010 ·

Returning from a few weeks leave, it wasn’t clear where my Year 8s were up to. I figured they had started looking at grouped data, but I didn’t want to repeat work they might have already seen.

Follow-up to WCYDWT: Spacing Evenly

Saturday, 18 September 2010 ·

I showed WCYDWT: Spacing Evenly to some of my classes this week. A couple of reflections…

Lessons of stability

Thursday, 02 September 2010 ·

Things are tough at my school at the moment, tougher than normal. There are many reasons for that, this is not the post to discuss them though.


Sunday, 29 August 2010 ·

After 2 terms as a relieving Head Teacher, moving back to the normal classroom teacher load has been a bit of a shock. Even with faculty matters, I found myself achieving more of the extra things as a Head Teacher.

Teaching Equations (or not)

Monday, 02 August 2010 ·

It’s that time of year again… that’s right… Year 8 solving equations.

Term 1 Recap

Tuesday, 06 April 2010 ·

A different term to say the least. The lack of posts on this site illustrates how busy things were.

2010 Heading

Saturday, 09 January 2010 ·

This is where I hope I’m headed in 2010.

Looking back on 2009

Saturday, 02 January 2010 ·

Usually I would reflect here on the year past. To be completely honest, I couldn’t be bothered reflecting on 2009. If I were to write down my thoughts, it would pretty much read like the post from February of 2009: Looking to 2009. It was a tiring and quite often frustrating year.

Guessing to learn

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 ·

This week, my Year 8s have been looking at inequality signs, graphing inequalities and solving simple (one-step) inequalities. Today, after solving inequalities, we played a simple game. A simple, obvious game, that really doesn’t warrant a blog post.

Handling the Inappropriate

Saturday, 24 October 2009 ·

Week 1 is over, and I need to reflect on what happen when I introduced laptops into my classroom.

Teaching equations

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 ·

Year 8 were recently assessed on solving equations and I was a little perplexed by the results.

Using GeoGebra

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 ·

This article is not a “how-to” but rather some thinking about using GeoGebra (a discussion starter maybe).

Teach the teachers

Thursday, 25 June 2009 ·

From The Australian, Technology lesson one: teach the teachers comes this:

... “This isn’t just about teaching teachers to use the technology,” Professor Stoney said.
“It’s about teaching them to use it for learning. How do students learn with technology?

IWB in High School Maths - What I’ve done

Tuesday, 16 June 2009 ·

My previous post on having an IWB in my classroom was written about three weeks after it’s installation. Tomorrow, we’ve got an IWB consultant/trainer/type-person-thingy coming to school, and I was asked to share what I’ve been doing with the IWB. So I wrote a quick list.

Interactive Whiteboard in High School Maths

Monday, 13 April 2009 ·

This may be the first of several posts as I review the effectiveness of having an Interactive Whiteboard in my classroom.


Tuesday, 03 February 2009 ·

It’s a new school year. This post, therefore, should be full of optimism and goals. But, please indulge me in a short whine.

It’s hot, ridiculously hot.

Looking to 2009

Sunday, 01 February 2009 ·

2009 will be my fourth year of teaching. There are a few things happening this year that I want to note now, so I can reflect on their outcomes at the end of the year.

Annual Report 2008

Sunday, 25 January 2009 ·

This post is my entry to Dan Meyer’s contest My Annual Report II.

Theatrical Aspect Ratio

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 ·

Recently Dan Meyer posted his thoughts on the ideal maths textbook, which would actually be a digital archive of very interesting mathematical media.  This is a great idea, and whilst I don’t have a projector in my classroom yet (although fingers-crossed), it would be something that I would buy/subscribe to.  Anyway, there was a challenge in this for me: being mindful of the media I consume and the world around me to collect digital bits and pieces that might help explain a mathematical concept (I commented on Dan’s blog that I missed the opportunity to take a picture of 3m³ of dirt I had delivered).  The second, to my mind harder, challenge is to take that item and make a meaningful and engaging connection with a concept being taught in class.

2008 Extras

Saturday, 10 January 2009 ·

Continuing my review of teaching in 2008.

2008 Review

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 ·

In my post Thinking about 2008 I noted four things to improve my teaching in 2008, here I review how I did.


Saturday, 01 March 2008 ·

There’s a lot said in university lectures, teacher inservices and blogs about how we should be teaching.

They’re quicker than me

Saturday, 09 February 2008 ·

Each year, we review the four basic operations with Year 7.  We don’t re-teach, because they would have already developed a method in primary school.  So, for each operation, we mind map different methods for solving a couple of different problems.

Thinking about 2008

Friday, 25 January 2008 ·

Thinking about my 3rd year of teaching… 2008.

Quiet vs quiet

Saturday, 16 June 2007 ·

I had a chance the other day, rare, to reflect on what was happening in my classroom during class time.  I noted one of the inconsistencies in my language.


Saturday, 24 February 2007 ·

University teacher training can only teach you so much, there are many aspects of being a teacher that university does not prepare you for.

Tech in the classroom, a struggle

Sunday, 21 January 2007 ·

One of the difficulties I found in my first year, was using technology in the classroom for the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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