The Workbooks and e-Books
"Working Mathematically: Activities that teach" is a series of workbooks and e-Books with carefully sequenced hands-on activities that cover all the outcomes of the Year 7 and Year 8 secondary school mathematics curriculum. There are also activities suitable for older and younger age groups.
Through working mathematically, students build an understanding of crucial mathematical concepts and relationships. They also come to appreciate the significance of mathematics to other learning areas and its application to everyday life. The philosophy behind the Working Mathematically series of books is that of the mathematician, Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662) who wrote:"We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others".
Sample activities from each of the workbooks can be downloaded and printed from this website by all Australian schools and universities under the Copyright Agency Limited statutory licensing agreement.
Recently, the workbooks have been made available to schools as e-Books under an annual licensing agreement. The e-Books are identical to the workbooks, however the solutions that come with the e-Books are written into the book pages (as shown in Sample activities/Financial Mathematics - Model Solutions).
The success of the workbooks depends on them being continuously improved through teacher input. Hence teachers are invited to evaluate the workbooks on completion of each chapter by emailing their comments (contact us). All input will be considered and changes will be made annually.
Heather McMaster (BScAgr, MSc, PhD, DipEd) has a background in applied research and teaching within the agricultural and insurance industries. She has taught mathematics, science and religious education in government and independent schools.
Mike Mitchelmore (MA, PhD,
CertEd) is Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at Macquarie University, Sydney.
He has taught mathematics and mathematics education all over the world. He has a special interest in studentsí learning of mathematical concepts through real-life contexts.