Dr Paul Swan

Dr Paul Swan has written a wide range of resources for primary and middle school mathematics education. OTRNet have now linked with Paul to provide access to his materials, to his Professional Development packages, and to information on teaching mathematics. As Paul's section of our web site builds you will be able to access his materials, his knowledge, and Paul, directly through OTRNet.

 

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Concrete Maths Materials

Does the use of concrete material help children learn mathematics? The short answer is a qualified yes, but like everything it depends on how they are used. In themselves mathematics manipulative materials do not teach, but in concert with good teaching.

 

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Mathematical Language

Many of the problems students experience in mathematics are due to language. Consider for example the code switching that must go on in a mathematics lesson. The teacher introduces a lesson on volume and the student thinks that a control on the TV?"

 

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$20.00 each

Toying With Tangrams

This book shows how Tangrams may be used to develop deep knowledge of many geometric principles as well as some fractional understanding. It has a strong focus on geometric reasoning which may be applied to solve problems in geometry.

Tangrams are a an extremely versatile and very cheap manipulative that can be used to develop many different mathematics concepts. Unfortunately Tangrams are often just “toyed” with. This 48 page book shows how Tangrams may be used to develop deep knowledge of many geometric principles as well as some fractional understanding. It has a strong focus on geometric reasoning which may be applied to solve problems in geometry. Clear teacher notes and answers are provided to back up the tasks and activities in this book. Teachers may photocopy the tasks ready to use with students in their classes. Hopefully this book will elevate Tangrams from “toy status” to that of a serious piece of maths equipment.

Author Paul SwanYears 8-13User Teacher resourceCopying Limited copying rightsFull Price* $20ISBN 978-0-9807548-0-3Publisher A-Z TypeYear 2010 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$45.00 each

Money Matters

Packed full of practical ideas for teaching children money recognition this book also contains a variety of games and assessment checklists that are ready to be copied for use in the classroom. Besides providing comprehensive teacher notes and tips this book contains sections on: Money recognition, Counting coins, Coin equivalence, Setting up a class shop and Financial literacy.

This 122 page book has it all. Packed full of practical ideas for teaching children money recognition this book also contains a variety of games and assessment checklists that are ready to be copied for use in the classroom. Besides providing comprehensive teacher notes and tips this book contains sections on: Money recognition, Counting coins, Coin equivalence, Setting up a class shop and Financial literacy.

Author Paul Swan & Linda MarshallAges 5-10+User TeachersCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $45ISBN 978-1-74126-851-5Publisher RIC PublicationsYear 2009 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Dice Games for Place Value and Other Maths Concepts

Place value is a fundamental idea in number. Many children struggle with place value. The games and activities in this book are designed to support teachers help children understand this concept.

This 48 page A4 book has a teaching notes, games and boards for 18 different activities.

AuthorPaul Swan Years2 to 9 UserTeachers CopyingLimited copying allowed Full Price*$20 ISBN978-0- 9585632-8-4 PublisherA-Z Type Year2009 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Dice Games for Tables

The games and activities in this book are designed to support teachers help children with their tables and complement the teaching ideas contained in Tackling Tables. The games follow simple rules, use basic equipment and are designed to focus on learning the basic multiplication facts.

This 48 page A4 book has a series of games designed to complement the teaching ideas contained in Tackling Tables. The games follow simple rules, use basic equipment and are designed to focus on learning the basic multiplication facts.

Author Paul SwanYears 2-9User TeachersCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $20ISBN 978-0-9585632-9-1Publisher A-Z TypeYear 2009 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$10.00 each

Maths - Facts, Fun, Tricks and Trivia

This book is filled with 76 pages of unusual maths facts, trivia and puzzles. The short stories and snippets contained in this book are designed to spark an interest in mathematics.

Author Paul SwanYears AllUser Students, teachers and parentsCopying Not allowedFull Price* $10ISBN 978-1-7412655-2-1Publisher RIC PublicationsYear 2007 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$30.00 each

Calculators in Classrooms

This book will help teachers integrate calculators into the teaching of mathematics. It contains ideas and activities designed to support the learning of concepts such as place value. Many teachers and parents worry that children will become reliant on the calculator so ideas and activities for ensuring that children make sensible choices and can check the results of calculations are provided.

A checklist of calculator skills is included along with suggestions for assessment and running a parents’ evening. Some photocopy masters are also provided. Reference is made to some of the newer calculators on the market such as the TI 15 as well as the latest research on calculator use in schools. This 88 page A4 book has background, 44 activities, teacher notes and answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 3-7User TeachersCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $30ISBN 978-0-9585632-4-6Publisher A-Z TypeYear 2007 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$30.00 each

Tackling Tables: Using a Strategies Approach

Why is it that some children struggle to learn the tables? You will find the answer in this book. Various methods for learning the tables are reviewed and common elements of these methods are drawn together to provide a framework for teaching the tables. Each table is examined and ideas for making learning the tables more interesting are provided.

Suggestions for assessing children’s table knowledge are given along with ways of building up a bank of ‘known’ multiplication and division facts are made. A variety of games to improve ‘fluency’ with the facts are provided. Based on the highly successful book “Tackling Tables”, this 88 page book provides one of the most comprehensive explanations on how to ‘teach’ tables. A must for every middle and upper primary teacher in the school.

Author Paul SwanYears 3-8User Teacher resourceCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $30ISBN 978-0-9585632-6-0Publisher A-Z TypeYear 2007 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Domino Deductions

This 48 page A4 book has a teachers note, background, 25 activities with solutions.

Author Paul SwanYears 1-7User Teacher resourceCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $20ISBN 0-958563-23-3Publisher A-Z TypeYear 2001 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Dice Dilemmas

This 48 page A4 book has a teachers guide, 42 activities, teacher notes and answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 4-9User Teacher resourceCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $20ISBN 0-646323-77-6Publisher A-Z TypeYear 1997 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Dice Dazzlers

This 48 page A4 book has a teachers guide and 41 activities.

Author Paul SwanYears 1-7User Teacher resourceCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $20ISBN 0-958563-22-5Publisher A-Z TypeYear 2003 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Card Capers

This 48 page book has a teachers guide and 39 activities with answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 2-8User Teacher resourceCopying Limited copying allowedFull Price* $20ISBN 0-958563-20-9Publisher A-Z TypeYear 1998 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$40.00 each

Starting Out: Primary Mathematics

In this 138 page book "Len Sparrow and Paul Swan answer the questions teachers have about how to set up a sound mathematics program within the context of a busy and sometimes frantic start to the school year."

Author Len Sparrow & Paul SwanUser Teacher resourceCopying Some parts copiableFull Price* $40ISBN 1-74148-009-4Publisher Eleanor CurtainYear 2005 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$40.00 each

Developing Mathematics With Unifix

This book contains a variety of ideas for making the best use of Unifix. These materials are often only used in the early years but they may also be used with older children to develop mathematical thinking. This book outlines a variety of uses for an old favourite.

Author Paul Swan & Geoff WhiteYears K-5User Teacher resourceCopying Some worksheets may be copiedFull Price* $40ISBN 1741261570Publisher RIC PublicationsYear 2006 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$40.00 each

Developing Mathematics With Base Ten Blocks (MAB)

Probably the most common manipulative found in primary schools are Multibase Arithmetic Blocks. Originally these blocks were produced in many different bases. Now they are only available in Base Ten. This book examines the ways in which base Ten blocks may be employed to develop a deep understanding of the number system. In addition ideas are presented for using Base Ten Blocks in some different ways.

Author Paul Swan & Geoff WhiteYears 2-6User Teacher resourceCopying Some worksheets may be copiedFull Price* $40ISBN 1741261597Publisher RIC PublicationsYear 2006 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$40.00 each

Developing Mathematics With Pattern Blocks

Probably the most versatile of manipulatives, Pattern Blocks may be used to develop Number ideas (fractions), Space ideas (symmetry, tessellation) and Measurement ideas. In this book mathematical ideas that span the primary school and into lower secondary are developed.

Author Paul Swan & Geoff WhiteYears 1-9User Teacher resourceCopying Some worksheets may be copiedFull Price* $40ISBN 1741261589Publisher RIC PublicationsYear 2009 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$20.00 each

Maths Terms and Tables

Maths Terms and Tables is more than just a dictionary. The first half of the book contains simple definitions and explanations of most maths terms, along with examples and illustrations. The second half of the book contains a variety of tables and other useful information organised in a simple manner.

This book is an ideal reference for teachers, parents and students in upper primary and lower secondary classes.

Author Jack Bana, Linda Marshall & Paul SwanYears 5-10User Teachers, parents, studentsCopying Not permittedFull Price* $20ISBN 1-74126-363-8Publisher RICYear 2005 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$25.00 each

Patterns in Mathematics - Upper Primary

This 42 page book has teachers notes, outcome links, an assessment proforma, 37 activities and answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 6-8User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $25ISBN 1-86311-819-5Publisher RIC GroupYear 2002 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$25.00 each

Patterns in Mathematics - Middle Primary

This 36 page book has teachers notes, outcome links, an assessment proforma, 28 activities and answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 3-5User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $25ISBN 1-86311-818-7Publisher RIC GroupYear 2002 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$30.00 each

Number Grids

This 61 page book has teachers notes, outcome links, number grid templates, games, activities with notes and answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 3-7User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $30ISBN 1-86311-826-8Publisher RIC GroupYear 2002 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$35.00 each

Maths Investigations - A Collection of Open Ended Tasks

This 83 page book has teachers notes, outcome links and 39 investigations.

Author Paul SwanYears 10-14User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $35ISBN 1-86311-816-0Publisher RIC GroupYear 2002 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$35.00 each

Mastergrids for Mathematics

This 76 page book has teachers notes and 70 grid masters.

Author Paul SwanYears 1-9User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $35ISBN 1-86311-588-9Publisher RIC GroupYear 2000 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$35.00 each

Check Your Work

This 92 page book has teachers notes, outcome links and 40 activities designed to promote checking of work.

Author Paul SwanYears 4-9User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $35ISBN 1-86311-956-6Publisher RIC GroupYear 2003 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

$30.00 each

Motivational Maths

This 82 page book has teachers notes, an activity overview, outcome links, student self-assessment proforma, student checklist and 72 activities with explanations and answers.

Author Paul SwanYears 5-9User Teacher resourceCopying Full copying rightsFull Price* $30ISBN 1-86311-830-6Publisher RIC GroupYear 2001 *Price includes GST, postage & handling.

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