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Welcome to the September 2017 issue of MathsThroughStories.org newsletter!

 

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In this issue, you will have free access to our exclusive interview with Dianne Ochiltree. For nearly the past 20 years, Dianne has authored seven mathematical stories for young children, and she has no plan to stop creating more fun mathematical stories any time soon! We have reviewed some of her books, and our partner, KidTime StoryTime, has also created videos of them reading to you stories by Dianne. You will find the links to all of these below. 

Exciting news - we are working on a plan to create an annual international competition for children to create their own illustrated mathematical storybook, to be launched next year, and we hope to pick your brain on some aspects of this competition design. You can find more details on this later in this newsletter. 

Moreover, you will have free access to a research article highlighting relationships between mathematics and language skills. Details of upcoming training workshops on the integration of story/picture books in mathematics teaching are also included below.

Finally, if you know any colleagues or teacher trainees who might be interested in what we do, please encourage them to sign up to our monthly newsletter here :-)

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
 
Don't miss our exclusive interviews with some of our most favourite mathematical story authors and illustrators who will help you and your children unpick the creative process involved in creating a mathematical picture book.
 
Dianne Ochiltree ​is the author of 'It's a Seashell Day' (2016) and 'It's a Firefly Night' (2013), both are published by Blue Apple Books. Dianne has also authored 'Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins' (2004) and 'Ten Monkey Jamboree' (2002), both are published by Margaret K. McElderry. Dianne's earlier mathematical stories - 'Sunflowers Measure Up!' (2003), 'Bart's Amazing Charts' (1999) and 'Cats Add Up!' (1998) - appeared in Scholastic's long-running 'Hello Math Reader' series. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Dianne.
 
BOOK REVIEWS

Read our official reviews of mathematical stories by clicking on their covers below. 

If you are a publisher or an independent author and would like us to review your mathematical story, click here for more details.
 
Click here to read our review of Dianne Ochiltree's 'It's a Firefly Night'.
Click here to read our review of Dianne Ochiltree's 'Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins'.
Click here to read our review of Dianne Ochiltree's 'It's a Seashell Day'.
Click here to read our review of Dianne Ochiltree's 'Ten Monkey Jamboree'.
MATHS STORY TIME!

Listen to our partner, KidTime StoryTime, reading mathematical stories for you on our website for free!

They work really hard to produce high quality and engaging videos, and to obtain permission from publishers to produce these videos for you. 
Show them some love by visiting their website, subscribing to their YouTube channel, following their Twitter account, and Like-ing their Facebook page!
 
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'It's a Firefly Night' by Dianne Ochiltree, click here.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'It's a Seashell Day' by Dianne Ochiltree, click here.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'Sunflowers Measure Up!'  by Dianne Ochiltree, click here.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'Cats Add Up!' by Dianne Ochiltree, click here.
To listen to KidTime StoryTime reading you 'Bart's Amazing Charts' by Dianne Ochiltree, click here.
LATEST WEBSITE STATS

Since the launch of our website on 2 March 2017 (the World Book Day), MathsThroughStories.org has been viewed over 62,000 times by more than 10,000 teachers and parents from 118 countries around the world! This is truly amazing and a reflection of a collective demand to learn more about how mathematical stories can be integrated meaningfully in mathematics teaching and learning. To find out more about these statistics, click here for a full Google Analytics report.
 
OUR PROPOSED ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN TO CREATE THEIR OWN ILLUSTRATED MATHEMATICAL STORYBOOKS

MathsThroughStories.org is working on its plan to create an annual international competition for children to create their own illustrated storybook with a focus on demonstrating how a mathematical concept can be used to meaningfully solve problems. During this exploratory stage, we would love to hear your views on the following aspects of the competition: 
  • Should there be two entries to begin with? For example, 9-11 year olds (upper primary/elementary school children) and 12-14 year olds (lower secondary school children) 
  • Most picture books written by adults usually have around 28-32 pages. What about the ones created by children for this competition? 5-10 pages? 15-20 pages?
  • Should 'team' entries be allowed or should all entries be a work of individual children?
  • Should each year have a focus on a particular mathematical concept (e.g. 2D shapes for 2018; data handling for 2019, etc.) to help make it easier/fairer to judge across all submitted entries?
  • When should the competition be held in each year? (Autumn/Fall term? Spring term? Summer term? And why?)
  • What should be some of the key judging criteria? (mathematical accuracy? creative and engaging storyline? spellings and grammar? quality of page illustrations?)
  • What should the prize be for the winner and the runners-up?
  • How many judges should there be, and who should they be?
  • What should the name of the competition be? Something to indicate that we are judging a mathematical storybook created by children, and not ones by professional authors; something to emphasise both the 'story' and 'picture' elements)
  • Are there anything else we should be thinking about?
Please use this contact form to send us your views or to register your interest in having your school being part of this competition. Thanks!
 
UPCOMING TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (founder of MathsThroughStories.org) will be training in-service and pre-service teachers on how to integrate story/picture books in their mathematics teaching at the upcoming events below. If your school, local educational authority or teacher education programme (both within or outside the UK) is interested in receiving this type of training at your institution, please get in touch with him directly here. (Details of past training sessions can be found here)

14 October 2017 (training for in-service teachers)
The District CE Primary School's #ReadingRocks_17 event (Newton-le-Willows, Greater Manchester, UK)

27 October 2017 (training for BA primary teacher trainees)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)

9 November 2017 (training for in-service teachers)
Derbyshire County Council (Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK)

5 February 2018 (training for PGCE secondary teacher trainees)
King's College London, University of London (London, UK)

12 March 2018 (training for BA early years and primary teacher trainees)
University of Brighton (Brighton, UK) 

26 and 27 April 2018 (training for School Direct primary teacher trainees)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)

Date to be confirmed (training for PGCE secondary teacher trainees)
University of Reading (Reading, UK)
 
FREE RESEARCH ARTICLE ON RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MATHEMATICS AND LANGUAGE SKILLS

A recently published research article by Dr. Trakulphadetkrai and his research colleagues is now available free of charge, thanks to the Open Access grant by the University of Reading (UK). 

The article, titled 'The contribution of general language ability, reading comprehension and working memory to mathematics achievement among children with English as additional language (EAL): An exploratory study'  is now published on-line in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

The findings of the study provide further rationale for the cross-curricular approach behind MathsThroughStories.org. The article can be accessed via this URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2017.1373742. Please help share this link on social media with your colleagues. (For every tweet you send out that include the above link, the research article gets one Altmetric point!)
 
GENDER REPRESENTATION IN MATHEMATICAL PICTURE BOOKS
 
Dr. Trakulphadetkrai has also recently written an article investigating gender representation in mathematical picture books.

The article, titled 'Where are the girls and women in mathematical picture books?', is published in the latest issue of the Mathematics Teaching journal, an official journal of the UK's Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM).

If you are an ATM member, you can access the article for free. Alternatively, head to the Research Projects section on our website for a PowerPoint highlighting key findings. 

 
LAST CHANCE!
FANCY WRITING A BRIEF ARTICLE?

 
Very conveniently, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai also serves as Co-Editor of The Mathematical Association's Primary Mathematics journal.  

The Mathematical Association is a professional society concerned with mathematics education in the UK, and was established in 1871 (!) The Association has several journals, one of which is Primary Mathematics, which is practitioners-oriented, and attracts over 5,000 readers.

For the Summer 2018 issue, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai hopes to make it a Special Issue with a focus on the power of storytelling in mathematics learning. He is very keen to hear from both practitioners and researchers (UK and beyond) who can contribute a brief article (2-3 pages) on this topic. If you are interested, please get in touch soon as it is hoped that the authors will be finalised by October!

 
FANCY SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE OF USING MATHEMATICAL STORIES IN YOUR MATHEMATICS TEACHING ON OUR WEBSITE?

MathsThroughStories.org is actively seeking On-line Contributors i.e. teachers and parents who would be happy to share their experience of using mathematical stories in their mathematics teaching with other members of our community. If this is something that you are interested in, please get in touch! Click here to see the list of our current On-line Contributors.
 

MathsThroughStories.org is a non-profit and research-based initiative.
 
It sets out to help mathematics learners around the world develop their conceptual understanding in mathematics and to help them foster positive attitudes towards the subject through the power of storytelling.
 
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