Mathematics holiday programme a hit with families

Hundreds of Pacific learners and their families have been flocking to a ground-breaking mathematics holiday programme which will be implemented on a larger scale in 50 Auckland schools over the next four years.

The Developing Mathematical Communities of Inquiry (DMIC) summer holiday maths workshops recently held in West Auckland exceeded expected numbers with more than 200 Pacific learners turning up to take part. 

The impact and success of the DMIC initiative has been recognised by Government with a $7.2m investment which will introduce it into 25 schools this year and a further 25 schools next year. 

DMIC co-leaders Professor Roberta Hunter and Dr Jodie Hunter of Massey University, work with teachers to draw on Pacific cultural contexts like the making of tivaevae and ta’ovala, to develop challenging mathematics tasks.

Described as a culturally sustaining way of teaching and learning maths, the low floor, high ceiling approach starts with children using mathematical reasoning with small numbers so everyone can succeed; they then collaboratively problem solve with mathematical challenges that stretch all learners.

Learners discover it’s not about having a quick answer, it’s about justifying their thinking and being able to explain their thinking so others can follow. It is future-focused thinking, done together. Students learn that it’s OK to ask questions in class, to not know the answers and to be wrong.

Above all it’s a better way of teaching and of learning for everybody – it’s co-constructing together and raising the status of children so they see themselves as great mathematicians.

And while DMIC is focused on the whole mathematics curriculum, it integrates communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, resilience, perseverance and personal accountability.  

Because the competencies are so deliberatively taught in DMIC, it not only improves learners’ mathematics reasoning and achievement but results also show that it enhances wellbeing, helps learners build productive relationships, reduces bullying and strengthens students’ sense of belonging and identity.

Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities

Schools Participating in additional, targeted DMIC in 2020

Number

School name

Region

Note

1

Clayton Park School

Auckland

 

2

Rowandale School

Auckland

 

3

Papatoetoe South School

Auckland

 

4

Mangere East School

Auckland

 

5

Waimahia Intermediate School

Auckland

 

6

Wymondley Road School

Auckland

 

7

St Anne's Catholic School (Manurewa)

Auckland

 

8

Ferguson Intermediate (Otara)

Auckland

 

9

Otahuhu School

Auckland

 

10

Glenbrae School

Auckland

 

11

One Tree Hill College

Auckland

 

12

Pacific Advance Secondary School

Auckland

 

13

Randwick Park School

Auckland

 

14

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Senior School

Auckland

 

15

Bailey Road School

Auckland

 

16

Birdwood School

Auckland

 

17

Pomaria Road School

Auckland

 

18

Prospect School

Auckland

 

19

Kelston Girls College

Auckland

 

20

St Leonards Road

Auckland

 

21

Henderson School

Auckland

 

22

Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate

Auckland

Phased approach

23

Papatoetoe Intermediate

Auckland

Phased approach

24

Jean Batten School

Auckland

Phased approach

25

Manurewa East School

Auckland

Term 3 2020 start

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