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As we progress into Term 2, I am delighted to share the latest updates and achievements from our Mathematics Department. It has been a remarkable journey so far, filled with inspiring moments and significant strides in our commitment to academic excellence and holistic student development.

In this term, our focus remains steadfast on enriching the mathematical experiences of our students through innovative teaching practices, real-world applications, and a supportive learning environment. We continue to prioritise critical thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning as the cornerstones of our curriculum, ensuring our students are well-equipped for the challenges of an ever-evolving world.

I extend my gratitude to our students, parents, and faculty for their unwavering dedication and enthusiasm. Your collective efforts have been instrumental in creating a vibrant and dynamic learning community. Together, we are fostering a genuine love for mathematics and nurturing the skills essential for success. For instance, Maths teacher Teagan Morris has been using thinking classroom strategies such as vertical non-permanent surface to increase engagement of students in mathematics. 

Edrolo has proven to be an invaluable resource in our senior mathematics classrooms, significantly enhancing student learning and engagement. By offering interactive video lessons, practice exams, and immediate feedback, Edrolo allows all senior students to learn at their own pace and deepen their understanding of complex concepts.

Year 11 Extension Maths have used Edrolo to master parametric equations by rewatching targeted video tutorials and completing practice problems until they felt confident. Similarly, Year 12 Advanced classes has seen a marked improvement in their algebraic skills, as Edrolo's progress checks provide valuable formative feedback to enable personalised learning pathways and immediate correction of misconceptions. This tool not only supports differentiated instruction but also empowers students to take ownership of their learning, leading to higher achievement and greater enthusiasm for mathematics. Please encourage your child, if in the senior years, to login regularly as shown below.

Kudos to the following students for their exceptional usage of Edrolo over the past four weeks.

Meanwhile, Generative AI continues to progress rapidly, potentially putting free access to a personal tutor in the hands of all our students. This video demonstration shows how ChatGPT Tutoring works, offering a glimpse into what is becoming possible. Here are some helpful hints to start utilizing ChatGPT with your child today:

1. Start a Conversation: Begin by asking ChatGPT specific math questions. For example, "Can you help with Year 7 fractions?" or "How do you solve quadratic equations?"

2. Ask for Explanations: If your child doesn’t understand a concept, ask ChatGPT to explain it in simple terms. For instance, "Explain how to add fractions" or "What is the Pythagorean theorem?"

3. Request Examples: Ask ChatGPT to provide example problems. You can say, "Can you give an example of a multiplication problem?" or "Show us how to solve a system of equations."

4. Practice Problems: Have ChatGPT generate practice problems for your child to solve. You can ask, "Can you give us some practice problems on division?" or "Can you create some algebra problems?"

5. Check Answers: After your child completes a problem, use ChatGPT to check the answer. Ask, "Is the answer to this problem correct?" and provide the problem and your child’s solution.

6. Step-by-Step Solutions: If your child is stuck, ask ChatGPT to provide a step-by-step solution. For example, "Can you show the steps to solve this equation?"

7. Clarify Doubts: Encourage your child to ask any questions they have. You can prompt them with, "Do you have any questions for ChatGPT about this problem?"

8. Use Visuals: For more complex problems, ask ChatGPT to describe visual aids or diagrams that can help. For example, "Can you explain this geometry problem with a diagram?"

By following these steps, you can effectively use ChatGPT to support your child’s mathematics learning at home. Let us continue to work together to uphold the esteemed standards of Mount View High School and to cultivate a culture of excellence in mathematics education.