Using the NZAMT Development Band Resources
What is the Development Band?
“The intention of the development band is to encourage teachers to offer broader, richer and more challenging mathematical experiences. Work from the development band should allow better students to investigate whole new topics which would not otherwise be studied and work at a higher conceptual level. Talented students should have their interest in mathematical ideas further stimulated and their understanding of the nature of mathematics deepened.”
Examples of these resources can be found here
MINZC (1992) Page 19
Guidelines and examples of suitable material are contained in the booklet, Development Band Mathematics (1996), Ministry of Education, which was sent to all schools in 1997. There should be sufficient copies in each school for every teacher to have their own.
Purpose of NZAMT Resource Material
NZAMT has created resource books of modules of work to facilitate the delivery of the development band by teachers in New Zealand schools. The material sits well against general learning programmes that relate to the achievement objective of the National Curriculum Document. In particular where teachers are addressing the individual learning needs of students as identified by such tools as the numeracy project these resources can be particularly valuable.
Who is it for?
As a rough guideline, the NZAMT Development Band Certificate Course was originally intended for the top 20% of students. However some students may be ready in some strands but not all, and development band work could be made available to any interested student. Some teachers, whose knowledge of students, at the beginning of each topic may use development band work for those who already have competence in that topic.
Time and Programme Management.
It is expected that each student should spend approximately ten hours on each module, although this will vary between modules and between students. In order to complete the modules and meet the end of year deadline, some careful planning is required.