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The new Alpha Mathematics Teachers Resource

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Published by Pearson

- Every page from both Alpha Mathematics and the Alpha Maths Workbook
- Alpha text pages optimised for landscape viewing on whiteboards
- Text dynamically linked to homework and vice-versa WBTB
- Instant links to answers ANS
- Instant links to spreadsheets SS
- Instant links to PowerPoint presentations and CAS activities PP CAS

Blackline masters BBLM

- You probably donâ€™t want students writing in the textbook!
- These include items like isometric paper, images to be reflected/rotated/enlarged, sets of axes and so on.
- Some blackline masters, if small, are repeated on a page to save copying, or to allow students several attempts
- Larger diagrams for when measuring is involved

Supplementary worksheets SW

- There are about 70 extra worksheets to augment the Exercises in the Textbook.
- These are all full-page, write-on style.
- The material is skills-based: drill and repetition
- Answers are supplied separately
- You choose how to use them â€“ additional practice for students, material for fast-finishers, as targeted homework etc.

A Key Competencies and Values advice sheet

- Thinking â€“ the investigations and puzzles in the Pearson texts cover this one
- Using Language, Symbols and Text â€“ all our
Maths books encourage this key competency

- Managing Self â€“ this can be covered by using homework books, or a time limit for class work.
- Relating to Others â€“ group work, â€˜co-operative activitiesâ€™ covers this one
Extensive advice in the Alpha TR â€“ indicated by a specialKCbutton, every time a KC opportunity comes up.

Author comments

- Tips, advice, explanations
- Cross-curricular references CC
- Bi-cultural references BC
Animations

Specially commissioned for the Alpha TR

Published by Pearson

- In full colour
- All content reviewed and updated
- Older material removed
- New material added

- Enlargement now included (at an introductory level) so as not to overlap too much with Enlargement in Beta Mathematics:

- New section on charts included â€“ all in New Zealand contexts

- New section on charts included â€“ all in New Zealand contexts

- New section on statistical literacy

- New section on statistical literacy

- New section on the statistical enquiry cycle

- New section on the statistical enquiry cycle

- New section on informal inference

- New section on informal inference

- New section on calculating probability, using equally likely outcomes and simple fractions

- First chapter is now on numeracy

Multiplicative strategies are covered directly:

- Doubling and halving â€“ e.g. calculate 68 x 50
- Changing the order: e.g. calculate 25 x 39 x 4
- Recognising when numbers occur twice within an expression: e.g. 7 x 56 + 3 x 56
Other strategies may not be multiplicative:

- Writing 9 as 10 â€“ 1 sometimes â€“ eg. Calculate 67 + 9
Answer: 67 + 9 is the same as 67 + 10 â€“ 1.

Appropriate for Level 4? More for level 2/3

- Other chapters e.g. Fractions have a numeracy flavourâ€™

Some numeracy considerations

- The numeracy project was developed as an initiative for primary and intermediate schools as well as junior secondary
- Should we be able to assume students taking a level 4 Maths course are numerate, to some extent?
- Developing numeracy skills and understanding is also often a teaching point, part of good classroom practice â€“ e.g. I travel 7 km east, then 4 km south; how far is this if I travel directly? Is 53 km a sensible answer?

- Deletions:
- Parallel lines (now Level 5)
- Area and circumference (now Level 5)
- Spreadsheet chapter (most teachers said it should go) â€“ replaced by Numeracy chapter

- Trimmed
- â€˜Old-styleâ€™ statistics

- Easier to use, colour-coded
- Helpful tags for navigation (e.g. orange = Algebra)

- Technology
- Icons

- New publication
- Expanded to 144 pages (previous edition had 96 (teachers asked for more)
- Fully linked to main text (easy to set assignments or extra work)
- Brief worked examples

- Generous write-on space (increased)
- Second colour for better display
- All pages perforated
- Each sheet is a separate â€˜assignmentâ€™ so these can be handed in if required

Every page features the second colour (teal)

Investigations throughout, as required to meet the Key Competency of â€˜Thinkingâ€™

Each section quotes the relevant MiNZC section.

Each page can be handed in separately, if required

- Answers are in the back by popular demand â€“ we are also doing this in the Beta MathematicsWorkbook.
- The answers can be removed because all the pages are perforated. Just like they could be removed in the current Alpha Maths Homework Book â€“ but in there they are in the middle of the book.

Completely overhauled and revised with new material. One of these topics is â€˜chartsâ€™ â€“ now specifically mentioned.

BTW, What is a chart?

More charts â€“ this one is â€˜cross-curricularâ€™ with Science, and involves measurement (weight, length etc).

Why bundled with the Workbook?

- Each student gets one each year
- No collection problems
- More easily updated each year
- Designed to be used at home

- PowerPointïƒ¤ demonstrations of worked examples (animated by Stuart Laird)
- LiveMathTM computer algebra
- All spreadsheets from text included
- All data sets from text and homework book included
- Links to internet websites

- There are 44 credits available at Level 1, but the expectation is that students may/might/will/could only be assessed on about 24
- Schools will have flexibility to decide on courses â€“ in particular a subset of the 13 Achievement Standards that meets the needs of their students.
- We are proposing a â€˜two-bookâ€™ solution to offer a â€˜best fitâ€™ to schools

Your comments/feedback welcome!

- Expense â€“ it would be substantially longer than the current 600 page Gamma 2nd Edition, or would cover each AS â€˜once-over lightlyâ€™. The intention of the new AS approach is to cover material in more depth, not less. This meets long-standing teacher concerns that there hasnâ€™t been enough time to lock in student understanding.
- Schools would not want to buy textbooks where students only use about half; similarly with workbooks

- Contains all the Externally Assessed Achievement Standards, plus a â€˜Common Assessment Taskâ€™ for AS 1.2 (Apply Algebraic Methods)
- Contains the maths needed as pre-requisites for Year 12 Maths
- Is designed to allow some choice for schools â€“ it contains 9 Achievement Standards altogether, so doesnâ€™t dictate a course. Schools may not cover both 1.10 & 1.11 for example, but both are included to allow a choice

- Focuses on Internally Assessed Achievement Standards
- Could be used with accelerate students in Year 10
- For students who may take two years to do NCEA Level 1 it provides an ideal course for the first year.
- In both cases above it offers a worthwhile integrated course â€“ at Level 6 of the MiNZC curriculum

- Number is included in both books to make each one of â€˜stand aloneâ€™ value.
- Statistics is included in both books â€“ given the emphasis from the Ministry on its importance. A choice between 1.10 (Multivariate data) and 1.11 (Bivariate data) is not dictated by the Gamma text(s).

- We will be retaining â€˜Gammaâ€™ as part of the name of both books to retain brand recognition.
- The names mentioned today are â€˜workingâ€™ titles, not final ones.
- Possibilities include â€˜Gamma Plusâ€™, â€˜Gamma Extraâ€™, â€˜Gamma 1 & 2, â€˜Gamma A & Bâ€™, â€˜Gamma Introductoryâ€™, â€˜Gamma Red & Gamma Blueâ€™, â€˜Gamma Foundationsâ€™, Gamma Preliminaryâ€™, etc.
- What do you think? Please let us know!

- One day delivery of textbooks may well be electronic. We already offer Alpha Mathematics as an electronic textbook â€“ one or two schools at present plan using it in this form. This number will grow.
- We envisage that the course could eventually be delivered in â€˜modulesâ€™, so that schools could compile their own learning programmes.