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Are the 2013 Maths Mate books addressing the new Australian Curriculum?
• Maths Mate 3 and 4 were designed and released in October 2012 according to the final version of the Australian Curriculum mathematical standards.
• Maths Mate 5 to 10 were designed and released in October 2010 according to the initial draft of the Australian Curriculum.
• For 2013 these levels have been checked and they match the new curriculum.

Will there be new editions released in 2014?
• New and improved editions of the Maths Mate Program will be released later in 2013, for the 2014 school year.
• These new editions will be available in both hard copy and digital forms.

What is the difference between Maths Mate 9 and Maths Mate 9 Gold, and between 10 and 10 Gold?
• Maths Mate 9 Gold and Maths Mate 10 Gold have been introduced to challenge the more advanced students.  Gold versions are in general one term ahead of the standard editions.
• Maths Mate 9 Gold and Maths Mate 10 Gold are addressing respectively the Year 9 and Year 10 Australian Curriculum standards.

What standards in the Australian Curriculum is the Maths Mate 10 Gold addressing?
• The Year 10 standards listed in the Australian Curriculum could not be fully incorporated in the Maths Mate 10 standard Edition, due to the revision of some Year 9 skills.  Therefore the design of the Maths Mate 10 Gold is fully addressing the Year 10 Australian Curriculum standards.  Our current Maths Mate 10 Gold does not support the Year 10 A in the Australian Curriculum.

Is there any difference between the Teacher Resource Books hard copies and the Teacher Resource CD?
• The CD is a cheaper and greener alternative to the hard copies of the Teacher Resource Books.
• The CD contains all the materials of the Teacher Resource Books from years 3 to 10 Gold.
• The CD also contains:
- PowerPoint presentations for the implementation of the program
- A writable template “Sample letter to parents” in Microsoft Word format
- Printable templates of the Maths Mate Merit Certificate

Can I order Maths Mate materials if I am not a teacher?
• Anyone can order Maths Mate materials for private use with individual students, at home or other institutions.
• The Maths Mate resources are available for purchase online or at any bookshop.
• The sale of teacher resource materials is restricted to schools and other educational institutions.

Is there an assessment component in the Maths Mate program?
• There are two tests available after every set of 4 consecutive Maths Mate worksheets.
• A and B tests are provided to allow alternative students to have a different test, thereby ensuring scores accurately reflect the student’s own work.
• The tests give the teacher a more accurate indication of the student’s abilities in conditions where the child does not have the assistance of a parent or tutor.
• Without the tests, students may become comfortable with seeking assistance to achieve high scores, unaware of the importance of fully understanding their work.

Why a skills-based and not a topic-based program?
• Usually a student who fails at a topic has limited opportunities to recover within that year or possibly ever.  By focusing on the acquisition of skills, the program provides the opportunity and motivation for students to try again.
• Consistent practice improves retention rates so students consolidate at a higher basic skill level, giving them a greater chance of success at their topic based class work.
• A skills based program saves teacher time by reducing the need for topic review and the introduction of new topics.

Does the program work for mixed ability classes?
• Yes, the program continually reinforces skills relevant to all students.  It is designed to allow all students to achieve a satisfying degree of success yet give even the most mathematically advanced students problem solving challenges.
• Teacher expectations in relation to the full or partial completion of sheets may be altered according to individual student abilities.

Are the Skill Builders related to the Maths Mate program?
• Designed to complement Maths Mate, the Skill Builders give step by step instruction and provide additional practice for students who are struggling with a particular skill or strand.
• Skill Builders have been developed to ensure the diagnostic nature of the program leads to immediate remediation.  Through their own record keeping, students can identify an area of concern and complete the appropriate skill builder sheet.
• Reports from schools using Skill Builders indicate that they save the teacher’s time and improve student outcomes.

What if certain topics are covered later in the year?
• Generally, skills covered should be a revision of work that has been introduced in previous years.  In the case of minor exceptions, new material is introduced clearly and gradually.

How much time does the program take to administer?
• For each class it takes twenty minutes per week for the students to self-correct their sheets and record their progress, and eight hours each year for the teachers to correct tests.
• Extra follow-up time may be spent on questions of interest or concern.
• Maths Mate Skill Builders provide an opportunity for more specialised revision and take less than 2 minutes for students to correct.