Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Bobbie Maths

It is super exciting to see a New Zealand Educator leading the way in maths. Dr Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter’s research into inquiry based maths with a problem solving approach seems to be the beginning of the revolution. This is perhaps the origin for our PD with Sue Pine this year. It is definitely heavily research and now fondly named ‘Bobbie Maths’. Her theory revolves around fixing things from the bottom up to all overall. I have to agree with her.

If you feel you are not aware of Dr Roberta Hunter you may well find that you have seen her work or research. Below is one of many videos in a series that are based around her research and inquiry. These videos can be found through the BES (Best Evidence Synthesis) Programme on Education Counts among other places. One of my original posts in my inquiry was a video from the sequence of 6. It is only now that I am making the connection to who I have been researching. All 6 together are very conclusive of the changes and direction that we are moving in. I have found it refreshing to see what I had earlier been skeptical about thriving in the classroom. Take a look for yourself.

Here is the link to the research and all of the videos where you can hear and see first hand Dr Roberta Hunter share her researched based theory and to see it in action.


  1. This is great Paula, thanks for sharing this resource. Are you finding that Bobby maths and the talk moves are working better in your mixed ability groups?

  2. This is nice Paula. The links that you have provided through your blog are very informative and good to watch and remind ourselves of things that we sometimes forget to do.
    I have found that talks moves and problem solving approach help in mixed ability grouping. To begin with, I had to first create a classroom culture where everyone felt comfortable to make mistakes and share their thinking. It took a wee while! Students were at ease once we talked about respecting one another and questioning in order to find out more rather that looking down upon if someone gave an incorrect answer. We also had to remind ourselves about what good Mathematicians do - which is not being the first to answer but being able to share our thinking.