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Tips for choosing the right Investigations for your class

Every year level in iMaths (Foundation to Year 6) has a variety of Investigations to choose from. But how many should you include in your yearly plan? Which ones will your students find most interesting? Our handy tips and free Investigations Overview guides will help make selecting the right Investigations for your class easy.

Get the most out of Learning Intentions

Whether you call them Learning Intentions, Learning Objectives, WALTs (We Are Learning To) or WILFs (What I’m Looking For), these snapshots of what students are expected to learn in any given lesson are more than educational buzz words – they’re a robust pedagogical practice.

Learning Intentions form an important part of your lesson as they encourage students to focus on learning and understanding rather than simply completing the task. In the case of maths, this learning mindset can encourage higher-order thinking and reasoning.

iMaths Online now includes a Learning Intention for every Topic, saving you the time of formulating your own.

Assessing proficiency strands is easy with iMaths rubrics

iMaths is a whole-school program that assesses the proficiency strands of the Australian Maths Curriculum.

It’s the iMaths Investigations that build and develop a student’s understanding of maths concepts, improve their mathematical fluency and problem solving skills and provide real-life contexts in which they can develop higher-order reasoning.

And it’s the Investigation rubrics that help you to assess these strands. Find out how you can use these rubrics smarter, faster and more easily than ever before.

How does iMaths fit with the Australian Curriculum?

iMaths National Edition is written specifically for the Australian Curriculum and therefore caters to schools Australia-wide. The tables on pages 18 and 19 of your Teacher Book list the three content strands of the Australian Curriculum (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability), the associated sub-strand descriptions, and the Topics from the Student Book that match these descriptions. You can also print or view these documents online:

How to extend your maths masterminds

Picture this. You’ve just finished an explicit teaching session on improper fractions and have set the class activities to consolidate their learning. While most students are only up to Question 3, there’s one who declares, ‘I’ve finished! What now?’ 

Sound familiar? Instead of assigning more practice and drills, you want to extend these students in meaningful ways. iMaths offers just that: a variety of activities to keep your masterminds engaged, challenged and excited about maths.