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NZQA Independent Review


The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has welcomed the findings and the recommendations made by an independent review panel set up to look into an error in one examination paper and discrepancies in four other papers last year. Full Report and Questions and Answers here

NZAMT Conference 2017

NZAMT conf

The Canterbury Mathematical Association has the pleasure of hosting the biennial NZAMT conference in Christchurch from Tuesday 3rd October to Friday 6th October 2017. We invite you to join us and enrich the conference experience to help make it the best NZAMT event yet.

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Resources Added

We have a new set of resources available for alternate maths courses.  You can find them with our secure resources.

Integrated Units:

Level 1:

There are (will be) four units of work, one for each term. There is an emphasis on Maths for business and health. Each unit comes with a photocopy able booklet. Each booklet will integrate content and standards to create a Pathway into Level 2. Two financial Literacy standards and one sociological standard have been built into the Level 1 course material and time frame. This is designed to allow those students who move at a faster pace than the rest of the class an opportunity to gain extra credits without getting out of sync with other students in the class. Free material to support 24709 can be found on the Lion’s Foundation website.


Term 1

This booklet will be assessed by: US Number standard, 26623

Income Calculations, 24697

Financial Goals, 28089

Balanced Budget, 24709

Term 2

Will be developed by end of term 1, 2017

This booklet will be assessed by: US Measurement standard, 26627.


Term 3 & 4

Will be developed by end of term 2, 2017

This booklet will be assessed by: US Statistics standard, 26626.

Quantitative Sociological Enquiry, 9003


Level 2:

Will be developed for 2018

Hidden Figures - movie

Hidden Figures

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. Watch the preview

Facebook Investigation #12

Take 10 II

Investigation number 12:
Take Ten Cards (I am not sure now where I got it from, but it makes an excellent low floor/high ceiling activity, and is capable of many, many What Ifs...Give students the numbers one to ten from a pack of cards, Ace counts as one.  Place those ten cards in this configuration so that no consecutive cards are adjacent to each other, this goes for up-and-down, side-to-side and diagonally. Initially students just skirmish and are happy to find a solution, if you give each student the whole page of 6 solutions they will get the idea that you expect more than one answer. Once many answers are found, ideas develop about which card position(s) is important, and why. If they can articulate this, then you know they have been using algebraic thinking. If they don't automatically say something about how many different solutions are possible, question them - don't give it away.
What If... many students change the configuration of the cards,then test to see if solutions are possible. A lovely twist is to make 10 and 1 "wrap-around" so they are considered as consecutive.
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