Maths Specialist- Presentation 5th March 19:00- at UNIS!

The World’s Foremost Math Education Expert
Posted 09/02/2018 07:18PM

We are extremely excited to announce that one of the world’s foremost math education experts, Dr. James Tanton, will be coming to UNIS Hanoi for two days: March 5 & 6, 2018. James will work with UNIS Hanoi students & teachers on making math joyful and fun. James works with many top-tier international school around the world, and UNIS Hanoi is very fortunate to have James visit us!

We would like to invite all members of the UNIS Hanoi community to come hear James present on March 5, 2018 at 19.00 in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre. We promise that after hearing James speak, you will look at math in a different & wonderful way!

Who is James Tanton?

James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. James is absolutely committed to promoting effective and joyful mathematics thinking, learning, and doing at all levels of the education spectrum.

James has written a number of books, including THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MATHEMATICS (Facts on File, 2005) and two wordless puzzle books WITHOUT WORDS and MORE WITHOUT WORDS (Tarquin, 2015) — which have each been translated in Serbian! — and developed two DVD Great Courses (The Teaching Company, 2013 and 2016). He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes and professional development across the globe.

James also leads the MAA’s Curriculum Inspirations project and is a founder of The Global Math Project, an initiative transform the entire world’s perception of what mathematics can and should be. During the inaugural Global Math Week in October 2017, over 1.7 million students across the globe took part in a common joyous piece of mathematics and saw how classroom mathematics can serve as a portal for human joy, wonder, and delight.

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Swedish custom

Hello Parents,

Today we were treated to a delicious treat to celebrate an old Swedish tradition known as Fat Tuesday!! This has been an event for hundreds of years but has been modified/ added to, to produce today’s SEMLA buns-  Vilma’s mum Malin made bread buns with almond paste, fresh whipped cream inside and a light dusting of icing sugar on top.

As you can see they were a hit!! Thanks so much Malin for teaching us about your custom and the delicious treat.

Sungwoo leaving & fun with virtual reality!!

Hello parents,

This Friday Sungwoo is leaving UNIS as he is returning to Korea with his family. He has been an important part of our class family and we will all miss him a lot. We wish Sungwoo and his family safe travels. At least we can keep in touch easily these days with email.

Which bring us to another exciting technological device- virtual reality. This week with Ms Michelle and Ms Nguyen’s help we all flew off in to space and had a look around our solar system. This brought plenty of excited squeaks, ohs and ahhs – from the teacher too! It was very spectacular!












Wishing you all a relaxing and fun family time over the Tet break and if you are going away- safe travels.

Belated Happy 2018!

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy start to 2018. I hope you all had a good winter break.

As you know parent teacher conferences are scheduled for next Thursday 1st of February and I look forward to meeting with you. Reports will be available on line early next week.

We have started our multiplication unit and I would like you to take 6 minutes of your day to watch this important video. This is the Graham Fletcher Multiplication Progression video. Some things he says that really stand out are the following:

“Once they have actually constructed that model, they draw a pictorial representation that matches that model.”  Drawing models and arrays is so important at this stage.  One thing we are doing is having the students derive basic facts. So, if they choose 6 x 6 for example, well, that can be constructed with an array of 2 x 6 and 4 x 6 or 1 x 6 and 5 x 6.  Ask them to draw it.  See what they can do!

“We let students explain what their model represents.” This is so important and this is what lessons will be focused on (connecting multiplication and division).

“Connections are being made all around because students are exploring…Let’s not rush them!”

Making connections is the essential part to building foundational knowledge of multiplication. The more they notice and find out for themselves, the easier time they will have with multiplication.

These are some of the arrays we have been working on in class. In this game you throw a dice twice- once for the number of rows and again for the number of squares in each row. The player then draws a rectangle that corresponds to the rolls in any location on the grid on the recording sheet, then writes the number sentence (e.g 3×4 = 12). The object of the game was to cover as many squares as possible.


Here is a link to some flash cards that come from this 10 x 10 array of 100.

You can play matching and BINGO or just do sorting activities. Ask the students to find an array that makes 36? How many arrays make 36? How do you know? Prove it!

This way of learning math is extremely different than the way we learned it when we were kids but these kids have a greater understanding and can transfer their knowledge rather than just memorising facts.



Last buddies date for 2017

Hello Parents,

This morning we had another fun filled play date with our buddies in E.C.C. The students just love reading and playing with their buddies and never need reminding to look after the little ones. See the photos below.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing, family & fun filled winter break. For those of you who celebrate Xmas- Merry Xmas!

Open Day

Busy week!

Hello Parents- as you know, it has been a busy week!

The trip to the water fun park was helpful to our U.O.I. unit as the students looked at the rides through different eyes- working out the machines and predicting the types of forces involved. Although we did not have a turn on any ride, we saw them in action which helped work out the forces used. See photos below

Luckily the weather held for the Blue Dragon fun run yesterday. Thank you to all the parents who were able to come along to either help or support. The students challenged themselves to run more laps than they did last year- all succeeded and are very proud of themselves. Thank you all for your donations. Once all the donations have been collected the organisers will let us know how much we raised for this worth while cause.  See photos below


















Buddies come to visit.