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Journal 4 – The pre-assessment lesson 'What does a Mathematician look like?'

Date: Friday 12th April 2002

Preassessment Lesson

Today I asked my class to draw a mathematician at work and asked them to answer some questions I asked earlier.

The children enjoyed the task, including three children in my class that normally lack motivation and commitment to complete anything.

There were some great drawings completed

The answers I received from the children to the questions I gave them were very interesting.

The majority of answers indicated to me that the class knew very little about Mathematics let alone Measurement (see individual samples).

The unit's main idea

The main idea of this unit is to provide an effective learning environment for Aboriginal children. Here Mathematics is removed from the classroom and incorporated in their surrounding community.

In conjunction with community members, the teacher and students have come together to establish a learning environment, which both recognise and actively utilises the Aboriginal child's knowledge and skills (Guider, 1991, p.5).

All children need to identify the mathematical links with everyday situations. This unit will assist children to do this.

Children will be able to question mathematical concepts and explore the rational behind mathematical ideas and develop a clearer understanding.

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Journal 4 – The pre-assessment lesson 'What does a Mathematician look like?'