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NZAMT Article

  • CensusAtSchool is coming our way again this year!
  • Online survey 15th Aug – 9th Sept 2005 (Maths Week launch)
  • Teaching resources available from September

In 2003, 18,000 students from 388 schools completed the online questionnaire. This year we hope to at least double this.

Megan Jowsey, Deputy Head, Auckland Girls Grammar School

“By taking part in the survey and then ‘playing detective’ with the data, students will discover interesting patterns and comparisons, that will bring their maths lessons alive.”

NZAMT President Alan Parris

“What is great about CensusAtSchool is that it generates a fantastic resource of data which is of interest to children to motivate and enrich their learning in statistics and can create a real buzz about statistics. But the reality is that is that teachers are heavily overworked and have many competing demands on their time. No matter how good the resource data is, most of us simply do not have the time to generate lots of new teaching and assessment resources ourselves for any one part of the curriculum. I am very pleased that the Ministry, Statistics New Zealand and everyone else involved in CensusAtSchool is taking this on board and that delivery of off-the-shelf resources will be a very high priority of this project.

This is all great news for teachers but what really matters right now is that we all get our classes and schools involved so that the CensusAtSchool database is as rich and inclusive as it possibly can be. Then the project can move on and start delivering exciting resources for us to use. But if we do not all get in behind this project for the survey stage we really limit its ability to deliver its potential benefits to us and to our students.”

Vince Wright, National Numeracy Coordinator, NZ Maths Curriculum Project Coordinator

“CensusAtSchool will usefully complement the numeracy project and provide a vehicle for innovations in the curriculum. The data will form part of an international multivariate data base and provide opportunities for children to compare themselves with other children not only in New Zealand but also in the UK, South Africa, Australia and Canada.”

Please register today
www.censusatschool.org.nz