Innovative maths resource promotes higher order thinking
A new resource designed to empower secondary school students to use maths concepts in contexts within and beyond the subject has been published. The LEMMA series: Mathematics tasks that promote higher order thinking is a collection of booklets that contain sequences of metamathematical activities which encourage students to focus on problem solving and critical thinking.
The resource was developed by Associate Professor Caroline Yoon, head of the Mathematics Education Unit at the University of Auckland, through funding from the Beeby fellowship, a partnership between the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).
The innovative resource differs from a standard maths textbook as it addresses higher level skills and higher level thinking that are much harder to assess and often missed. The series is linked to the mathematics and statistics learning area of the national curriculum and encompasses communication and writing skills.
“Rather than being a text book trying to cover a wide area, the resource is designed to offer flexibility to teachers who can choose to use the resources that best fit with their own classroom and students,” Dr Yoon explains.