We are continually amazed as Illuminations reaches an international
audience of teachers and students. Chelsea Cutting from Mount Gambier,
South Australia, tells us about the real-world connections her students are able to make after using Illumination resources.

As a year 3 teacher at Tenison Woods College, she incorporates
Illuminations lessons throughout her curriculum, but her students enjoy
the online activities the most. She was particularly surprised when a
disinterested but particularly bright student approached her during the
activity "Concentration."

"He said to me, 'I really like the way I can match the fraction with
the picture and percentage. It makes me understand which ones go
together—just like in 'real maths,'" said Cutting.

For Cutting, this demonstrated the student’s ability to connect the
concepts to real-world contexts, and that an otherwise disinterested
student could see a purpose and an enjoyment of mathematics.

Cutting also enjoys using the lesson, "What Comes Nex_?" She uses it
as an introduction to a pattern and algebraic reasoning unit.

"I like this lesson because it really gives students' the opportunity
to investigate patterns in a range of different contexts while
developing students' skills in making conjectures, generalizations, and
justifications," said Cutting.

Next year, Cutting will be stepping into a new role as Numeracy Key
Teacher. In this position, she hopes to work with teachers to develop
and incorporate more of the illuminations resources into the
mathematics programs at their junior school.