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MAWA 2020 Conference

2021 WA Annual Maths Conference - Day 1

Timeslot 1

Registrations
8:00 am on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Convention Centre Foyer - Registration Desk

Timeslot 2

Opening Ceremony
8:45 am on Wednesday, November 17 2021
John West
Astral 3
In this workshop, John will demonstrate hands-on approaches for teaching problem solving, number skills and reasoning. He will demonstrate a range of engaging rich mathematical learning tasks, games and activities that he has successfully used with students from Year 2 upwards.

Timeslot 3

ACARA Presentation
9:00 am on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Rachael Whitney-Smith
Astral 3
Rachael is the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics specialist at ACARA and is currently leading the Review for Mathematics. She is also undertaking her PhD at Notre Dame University in Mathematics Education. Rachael is passionate about applied mathematics, STEM and teaching mathematics through rich tasks that engage student thinking and reasoning, problem solving, modelling and inquiry processes. Rachael has worked on National and International projects focussed on improving the mathematical outcomes of Australian students and has actively participated in the OECD Education 2030 project through her role at ACARA. Rachael is an active member on a number of mathematics advisory and reference groups and led the work in revising the National Numeracy Learning Progressions Version 3 as part of the National Online Formative Assessment Initiative. Rachael has been the Executive Officer, Professional Learning consultant and is currently a board member for the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
HOLA's
On 12 June 2020, Education Council tasked ACARA to undertake a review of the Australian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 10 (F-10) to ensure it is still meeting the needs of students and providing clear guidance for teachers. This presentation will give some insight into global directions in Mathematics Curriculum, provide a summary of the findings from our participation in the OECD Education 2030 Project and our work with Cambridge Universities Mathematics Framework. We will unpack the proposed changes to the curriculum, provide information about the revised Australian Curriculum website and share some links to existing resources that support the changes to the curriculum such as the Mathematical processes of Mathematical Modelling, Computational Thinking, Statistical Investigations, Probability Experiments and Simulations.

Timeslot 4

Morning Tea
10:30 am on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Astral 1

Timeslot 5

Small Group Discussions
11:00 am on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Astral 3
HOLA's
The results of the 2020 HoLA Day survey informed us that HoLA's wanted opportunities to discuss a variety of topics and share ‘what we are doing in our school’. During this session, small group rotations will be available. Topics include: OLNA – What we have tried, Upper school investigations – assessment vs teaching and learning, student engagement strategies, lower school grading, managing staff and Year 10 course – What we are doing. Delegates will participate in three discussion topics of their choice. Key points will be shared with all delegates after the conference.

Timeslot 6

Lunch
12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Astral 1

Timeslot 7

Small Group Discussions (Continued)
1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Astral 3
HOLA's

Timeslot 8

Principal Consultant's Update
2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Suzie Harman & Leith Pavlinovich
Astral 3
HOLA's
Principal consultants from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority will provide an update on moderation activities for 2021 and 2022. In addition an overview of setting standards for student achievement in Mathematics and future development in curriculum 7 – 12 will be given.

Timeslot 9

MAWA Update
3:30 pm on Wednesday, November 17 2021
John West
Astral 3
In this workshop, John will demonstrate hands-on approaches for teaching problem solving, number skills and reasoning. He will demonstrate a range of engaging rich mathematical learning tasks, games and activities that he has successfully used with students from Year 2 upwards.

Timeslot 10

Networking Drinks
4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17 2021
Astral 1

2021 WA Annual Maths Conference - Day 2

Timeslot 1

Registrations
8:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Convention Centre Foyer - Registration Desk

Timeslot 2

Opening Ceremony
8:45 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Paula McMahon
Crown Ballroom 2
Paula has worked in high schools for more than twenty years. Since 2019 she has worked as the MAWA Executive Officer. Paula has a passion to ensure students demonstrate understanding rather than learning 'maths tricks or rules'.

Timeslot 3

KEYNOTE: Mathematics education in challenging times. Getting it right!
9:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Catherine Attard
Crown Ballroom 2
Catherine is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Western Sydney University. She regularly presents keynotes, workshops and professional learning sessions for teachers and is the author of the well-known Engaging Maths blog (engagingmaths.com) and other teacher resource books. Her research focus is student and teacher engagement, technology use in mathematics classrooms, and middle leading.
Recent times have seen significant disruptions to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Australia and globally. While we can view these challenges from a negative perspective, we can also consider them as opportunities to pause, reflect, and consider what needs to change, improve or remain the same in mathematics education. In this keynote I will discuss the issue of student engagement with mathematics and the use of technology to enhance both teaching and learning. I will present a Framework for Engagement with Mathematics to explore strategies for engaging students and the Technology Integration Pyramid as a planning tool for effective technology use in mathematics classrooms.

Timeslot 4

Morning Tea
10:15 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Astral 1

Timeslot 5

An introduction to computational and algorithmic thinking
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Dion Alfonsi
Crown Ballroom 2
Dion Alfonsi is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Shenton College. He has taught primarily in Years 9 - 12 and has been active in Gifted and Talented Education and Curriculum leadership. In the past, Dion has presented on reSolve, investigations, Year 11 Methods content and Gifted and Talented Mathematics education.
7-12
The popularity of 'computational and algorithmic thinking' (CAT) has come and gone in waves since the 1950s, largely reflective of times in which there have been increasing societal demands for problem-solving skills and the ability to design solution systems. In this session, we will distinguish between 'computational' and 'algorithmic' thinking, examine its place in the proposed Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, as well as explore some example classroom and AMT competition problems.
Learning about logarithms with calculators
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Barry Kissane
Crown Ballroom 3A
Barry is a retired mathematics teacher educator who remains actively engaged in his profession, with extensive interests and experience regarding technology in mathematics education, especially calculators, both in Australia and abroad. He is an Honorary Life Member of both MAWA and AAMT, and a former President of each organisation.
11-12
For hundreds of years, before the development of computational technologies, logarithms were critically important to undertake calculations. Today, students can use technology to develop insights into the nature and significance of logarithms, first met by mathematics students in the Australian Curriculum for Year 10A, and then revisited in the senior years. In this workshop, we will explore together some of the possibilities of using a sophisticated calculator such as a ClassPad for student learning, including the nature and properties of logarithms, their graphical representation and for understanding relationships between data and statistical models in real-world contexts.
Using rich assessment tasks to find out what your students know
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Lorraine Day
Crown Ballroom 3B
Lorraine is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia where she works primarily with Primary pre-service teachers in mathematics education. Her research interests are in mathematical reasoning, especially in the area of algebraic reasoning. She is a Life Member and former President of the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
7-10
This interactive session will look at how rich assessment tasks which incorporate the Proficiency Strands, as well as the Content Strands, have the potential to show us what our students really know and understand. The use of a simple rubric that can be modified according to the task and the age-group will be explored, as will the qualities to look for in rich assessment tasks.
Do you know about the curriculum support program?
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Rachel Theunissen & Lorraine Cave
Crown Ballroom 3C
Rachel Theunissen is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher, working for 27 year across WA with a focus on Problem Solving and experience in online learning. Lorraine Cave has experience teaching in regional schools, currently teaching at Bridgetown High School and is keen to share her experience.
7-10
In 2021, members of the Department of Education have been working as Curriculum Support Teachers, using resources developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, and from their own classroom. In this workshop, two of the CST for mathematics (7-10) will present hands-on activities and resources, and look at how they can be accessed and used in the classroom. You will use the resources during the workshop.
Problemo (COMMERCIAL)
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Tom Love
Botanical 1
Tom is an experienced maths teacher who works as a Mathematician for the Australian Maths Trust, developing content for Problemo and moderating enrichment materials for the Maths for Young Australians program.
3-10
This is curriculum-based problem solving supported with enabling tips, worked solutions and extensions to aid your planning.
MultiDocs - Using FX Draw and FX Equation At The Next Level (COMMERCIAL)
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Paul Hooper
Botanical 2
Paul Hooper is the founder and managing director of Efofex Software. Efofex has produced mathematics teacher productivity tools for over thirty years.
7-12
MultiDocs are Word documents, filled with FX Draw and FX Equation objects, that can regenerate themselves in a mathematically correct way. One document can equal thousands of different tests, each with fully worked solutions. We even provide a library of pre-written questions!
Encouraging an appetite for maths
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
Alan Sadler
Botanical 3
Alan started his teaching career in Bristol, UK and quickly became a Head of Department in a large inner city comprehensive school. He then relocated to Perth and taught at Rossmoyne Senior High School for many years. He is the author of over 50 Mathematics texts.
7-12
In this session, I will suggest a few activities, classroom approaches and ways of introducing topics that will hopefully help to encourage an appetite for maths in your students. Some of the ideas will have featured in previous talks of mine but I'll try to include some new ideas too.
Children as mathematicians: From puzzles and illusions to conjectures and proof through hands-on problem solving
11:00 am on Thursday, November 18 2021
John West
Astral 3
In this workshop, John will demonstrate hands-on approaches for teaching problem solving, number skills and reasoning. He will demonstrate a range of engaging rich mathematical learning tasks, games and activities that he has successfully used with students from Year 2 upwards.
7-10
In this workshop, John will demonstrate hands-on approaches for teaching problem solving, number skills and reasoning. He will demonstrate a range of engaging rich mathematical learning tasks, games and activities that he has successfully used with students from Year 2 upwards.

Timeslot 6

Using closed, open and rich tasks to develop student understanding
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Blake Segler
Crown Ballroom 2
Blake has been a conference presenter for the last two years, with repeated positive feedback, in addition to having led a national virtual Professional Learning Community of Mathematics Teachers through the Teach For Australia organisation, and delivering regular Professional Learning to empower teachers in supporting and engaging all students.
7-10
With great ranges in student understanding, how do you engage students in a single task that allows those less proficient to practise the basics, while allowing more able students to be challenged in meaningful ways? Furthermore, how do you escape the drudgery of irrelevant textbook-style problems that fail to engage your students? This session is adapted from my well-received 2019 presentation and will guide you through how to use different task types to teach, develop understanding, and then allow students to explore meaningful problems that are naturally differentiated, ensuring all students can experience success and growth in an engaging way.
Mathematics, health and risks
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Barry Kissane
Crown Ballroom 3A
Barry is a retired mathematics teacher educator who remains actively engaged in his profession, with extensive interests and experience regarding technology in mathematics education, especially calculators, both in Australia and abroad. He is an Honorary Life Member of both MAWA and AAMT, and a former President of each organisation.
7-12
While medical testing and health risks have become more prominent discussion points in this age of the pandemic, it has always been important for students to learn about these and their communication, in the media and elsewhere, in order to become numerate adults. We will explore in this hands-on workshop some difficulties and opportunities for understanding and communicating health risks, aimed at a general mathematics teaching audience rather than focussing directly on classroom practice.
"I can't do maths" - Supporting learning anxiety in the classroom
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Jessica Keenan
Crown Ballroom 3B
3rd year teacher who puts her heart into teaching and supporting kids transitioning to high school. Committed to teaching students in low ses areas and building their abilities and self concept. Strong believer in "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care".
7-10
Often in the transition to high school, students will experience a decline in grades. This decline is exemplified in mathematics where students find difficulty in the shift from basic arithmetic to abstract thinking and complex problem solving. A significant decline in grades leads to a cycle of failure as student's self-concept and belief in their ability falters. Fearing failure, students adopt maladaptive behaviours disengaging from mathematics and hindering their ability to succeed. This presentation considers studies into maths anxiety and proven strategies to build student self-concept and combat the cycle of failure in students transitioning to high school.
The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics - What has Changed and Why?
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Rachael Whitney-Smith
Crown Ballroom 3C
Rachael is the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics specialist at ACARA and is currently leading the Review for Mathematics. She is also undertaking her PhD at Notre Dame University in Mathematics Education. Rachael is passionate about applied mathematics, STEM and teaching mathematics through rich tasks that engage student thinking and reasoning, problem solving, modelling and inquiry processes. Rachael has worked on National and International projects focussed on improving the mathematical outcomes of Australian students and has actively participated in the OECD Education 2030 project through her role at ACARA. Rachael is an active member on a number of mathematics advisory and reference groups and led the work in revising the National Numeracy Learning Progressions Version 3 as part of the National Online Formative Assessment Initiative. Rachael has been the Executive Officer, Professional Learning consultant and is currently a board member for the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
7-10
On 12 June 2020, education ministers agreed that it was timely to review the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum, which had been in place since 2015, to ensure it is still meeting the needs of students and providing clear guidance for teachers. ACARA has worked in close consultation with the profession and key stakeholder groups to complete the review by 2022. For Mathematics we will look to prioritise what is essential for students to learn by identifying core concepts, draw on existing research into learning progressions to guide decisions around sequencing and concept development, embed the proficiencies into content descriptions and achievement standards in an interconnected way and ensure that curriculum content is relevant, connected and coherent. This presentation will provide insight into what has changed and why.
Addressing Aboriginal culture and heritage in maths
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Paul Burgess
Botanical 1
Paul Burgess is a level 3 classroom teacher with 16 years experience in public and private schools in WA and at secondary schools in England. He is dedicated to promoting engagement in mathematics for all students and is currently HOLA Mathematics at Bob Hawke College.
7-10
Finding it difficult to create meaningful and authentic connections to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage in your maths program? Join me in this session to address the possibilities.
Proof by contradiction: Professional practice for secondary teachers
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Gregory Hine
Botanical 2
Dr Gregory Hine's teaching career spans 22 years. Since 2012, he has taught pre-service secondary mathematics teachers at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle). Greg also conducts research into preparing pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. His scholarly publications are available to view at https://nd-au.academia.edu/GregoryHine
11-12
This session is underpinned, philosophically, by the indisputable centrality of proof to the discipline of mathematics. Proof offers students the opportunity to deepen their own understanding of mathematical ideas, to construct and defend logical arguments, and to think critically about the veracity of mathematical statements. Proof by contradiction is a particular mathematical technique taught in Australian senior secondary classrooms (ACMSM025, ACMSM063) which will be explored in this workshop. In particular, several worked examples will be outlined, alongside implications for best instructional practice.
The vital importance of multiplicative thinking
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Chris Hurst & Derek Hurrell
Botanical 3
Chris Hurst is a Curtin University Adjunct Research Fellow. His current involvement in mathematics education continues his eight years of work on multiplicative thinking and, more recently, children's computational choices. With his colleague, Derek Hurrell, Chris is currently compiling assessment resources and teaching tasks based on their multiplicative thinking research. Derek's passion is in engaging students in the subject of mathematics and supporting the excellent work that teachers are doing in schools. To these ends he is involved in the delivery of professional learning in schools and is a regular invited presenter at both state and national conferences.
3-10
Multiplicative thinking is a K-10 issue. This workshop considers some important foundations laid during the early years which facilitate a deep and broad understanding of more advanced concepts. It also considers some of those concepts, which, without multiplicative thinking, are beyond the reach of not only students, but adults. Specifically, we explore how the array underpins ideas such as the distributive property and, in combination with partitioning, the written multiplication algorithm. As well, foundation knowledge for percentage, ratio and proportional reasoning is explored through arrays. Examples involving the situating of mathematics in meaningful contexts are used in the session.
Flaming functions, wisdom and kangaroos
12:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Brett Stephenson
Astral 3
Brett is Head of Mathematics at Guilford Young College in Hobart and the current President of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. He has been presenting at state and national conferences for many years and has found the topic of finite and infinite sequences to be a classic 'iceberg' area for exploration.
7-12
This workshop will look at 3 audience interactive activities that will firstly find data, then look to make sense of the data and finally to affirm what is seen with the aid of technology. The activities are not new and one of them (Jumping Kangaroos) is part of the Maths 300 set of activities. The Flaming Function activity is a high candlepower introduction to linear functions and The Wisdom of the Crowds engages the use of estimation and averages to investigate the actual value of a physical quantity. Graphics calculators will be used for the activities and the Casio Classpad CP400 will be available for participants who do not bring one to the workshop. Alternative technologies could also be used in these activities.

Timeslot 7

Lunch
1:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Astral 1

Timeslot 8

ClassPad and the 2021 ATAR exams
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Charlie Watson
Crown Ballroom 2
Charlie currently writes exams for WA Exam Papers and provides PD to students and teachers through The Tuition Centre.
11-12
This session will demonstrate how students could have used their Casio ClassPads in the 2021 set of WACE exams. Participants are welcome to bring their own ClassPad and try out questions as we go, but you may prefer to just sit back, take a few notes and try by yourself later.
Practical ideas for differentiation in a mathematics class
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Michael Loh
Crown Ballroom 3A
Michael is a Mathematics teacher at Shenton College who believes that scientific innovation has the power to change the world and a teacher's mission is to encourage the younger generation to take up the challenge of pursuing a career in Mathematics.
7-12
'How do I differentiate between students of varying abilities?' is a question often played out in many teachers' minds. Teachers generally create worksheets with various levels of difficulty and consider this the main method of differentiating. However, by modifying some aspects of our teaching, it is possible to differentiate learning in other ways. This session will provide some practical ideas for differentiated instruction in a classroom setting.
Moving advanced learners to the next level
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Sharon Schubert
Crown Ballroom 3B
Sharon is an experineced mathematics teacher who is currently the Numeracy Enhancement Specialist at Iona Presentation College. She is passionate about providing learning opportunites for students of all abilities to find beauty in maths. As a member of Curriculum Advisory Council Teaching Mathematics Year 7 - 10. a School Based Curriculum Leader for CEWA and reSolve Champion WA she is keen to keep abreast of contemporray paedagogy in the mats area and has a Masters in STEM from Curtin University.
7-10
Teachers are required to deliver engaging lessons that meet the different needs of different learners on a daily basis. We play a critical role in offering the right resources at the right time in the right environment. This means providing opportunities to develop high-level mathematical problem solving and thinking skills in high-achieving students, whilst ensuring that all students in the class can engage at an appropriate level. Personalising the learning experience for each student can be challenging. Learn how incorporating High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) and using free resources can provide enriching mathematical experiences that will resonate with all students.
“Oremun” – Low floor, high ceiling! (Differentiation with Numero) (COMMERCIAL)
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Julie Richards
Crown Ballroom 3C
Julie is the Director of IETPL, the WA owned and operated publisher of Numero. As the creator’s daughter, she has been involved with Numero since its inception. Julie also runs the annual Interschool Numero Challenges (primary and secondary). She has a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and was previously a Special Needs Education Assistant.
K-12
Join this hands-on workshop to see what “Numero” can do for your students! Learn to play the game at its higher levels. You will be introduced to aspects of the game which will ensure you leave this session with tools to increase the use of Numero in your classroom, be it primary or secondary. Numero provides a fun, almost contagious, way to focus on fluency, problem solving and reasoning. It is ideal for introducing and reinforcing both simple and complex maths concepts, with easy differentiation for varying abilities, along with pair, team and solo activities.
Data science in the secondary classroom
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Donna Buckley & Diya Soni
Botanical 1
Donna Buckley is on the Board of MAWA, and is the MTQ coordinator in WA. Internationally she has been a mathematical and cyber security education advisor for the Microsoft Educational Framework P - 12 as well as the Covid 19 Demystified course. A full time teacher she has embedded technologies in her mathematics classroom. In 2021 she successfully introduced a VET Cybersecurity course for Upper School students in her school, leading to her becoming a finalist in the 2020 Australian Women in Security Awards
7-10
The ability to work with, understand, and use data has become an essential life skill and requirement for an ever-expanding range of jobs and careers. Data is everywhere around us. Ninety percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years (Marr, 2018). By studying data science, students develop creative thinking and statistical understanding in authentic contexts, extending them to become confident and critical storytellers of data. By learning to analyse claims and inferences, including considerations and identification of possible sources of bias (AC9M10ST01) students are empowered in the digital age. Attendees of this session will develop a base line understanding of data science and we will share resources developed and used at John Curtin College of the Arts as well as materials developed as part of a new STEM outreach portal being developed by the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre and its partners.
Maths with a shade sail and a rope
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Amanda Nicholas
Botanical 2
As a Maths, Science and Digital Technologies teacher for 16 years, Amanda is the quintessential STEM teacher with a passion for hands on, engaging learning, using the whole body. Amanda uses the YuMi Deadly approach to learning and is passionate about sharing this method with teachers and students.
7-10
Why do we stop using manipulatives when students reach high school? Do you find your students switch off when you write notes on the board? In this session, we will use large hands-on, affordable manipulatives to engage students and develop deeper understanding of the big ideas of maths. Participants will be active participants in activities that can be taken straight back to the classroom or developed to fit your context.
Some great activities
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Tony Robb
Botanical 3
I have been teaching maths since 1980 (or there abouts). I am currently teaching in Busselton and have worked in several schools and systems statewide.
7-10
This session looks at activities that integrate technology and algebra with strands of maths, like measurement and probability.
Cards and games to engage learners
2:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Paula McMahon
Astral 3
Paula has worked in high schools for more than twenty years. Since 2019 she has worked as the MAWA Executive Officer. Paula has a passion to ensure students demonstrate understanding rather than learning 'maths tricks or rules'.
7-12
Learn about the principles of educationally-rich mathematical games whilst playing a variety of card and simple board games. Card and board games are suitable for learners at all levels. We will also look at how some card games can become investigative tasks.

Timeslot 9

Rejecting summative percentages for grading with the judging standards
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Will Tomlinson
Crown Ballroom 2
Will teaches Maths and Psychology, and has taught at secondary schools in the UK, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. He has been Maths PLC Coordinator at Busselton Senior High School since 2019.
7-10
Suppose a student averages 58% over a year, which earns them a C grade. What does this say about their ability to demonstrate grade-specific skills? Our new year 7-9 assessment and grading procedure does not use the overall percentage as we find it inaccurately reflects students' actual skill sets. Our procedure is built on the premise that to achieve a certain grade, a student should be successful at most of the content at that standard. Students have become more engaged and better understand their areas of strength and weakness. Staff conversations are clearer and grading is more confident and transparent.
Solving problems by coding with Python and R
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Ian Hailes
Crown Ballroom 3A
Ian Francis Hailes B.Sc. (Maths) and a Grad Cert of Edu (Computer-based Instructional Design) has: written T&L modules for the WA STEM consortium; is a member of the WA selection panel for the NMSS; assisted with research into NAPLAN. His students represented Australia in the IM2C, coming a meritorious second. Scotland's Teacher of the Year, wrote "Ian has a problem-solving investigation that looks unlike anything I've seen".
7-12
Why study problems when you can solve them. Innovative problem solving in a digital age. Think twice, code once! Some of my favourites.
Curiosity maths for the teenage mind
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Andrew Price & Joanna Spillman
Crown Ballroom 3B
Andrew is a Mathematics Teacher at Joseph Banks Secondary College. He received a Master's Degree in Education from UWA with a focus on measuring the differences in working memory of teenage students.
7-10
In this session, we will present a unique insight into the adolescent brain, exploring how our students best learn and retain information. The presentation will draw upon data from Andrew's own neurological research using electroencephalography (EEG) to quantify differences in the working memory capacities of adolescents of different ages. We will present a case for fostering curiosity to assist long-term retention of what is learnt and how this can be harnessed for effective differentiation. We will then present many practical classroom strategies for improving the retention of content within the middle school years and invite the audience to trial some of these within the session.
Escape from Maths
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Jody Crothers
Crown Ballroom 3C
HOLA – Mathematics at Ridge View Secondary College, Jody is enjoying developing a whole school culture from the ground up. His current projects involve the TI-Rover and Tik Tok videos. He loves having fun and making Maths fun. He believes as professionals we need to share and support each other.
7-12
Creating your own locked box challenge. Challenging, Engaging and Fun. In this session you will see how locked box/escape room challenges can be created. The activities can be tailored for all years from K to 12. From counting to Calculus locked box challenges can be fun for all. You will leave with access to already created challenges and will have the opportunity to create your own.
Making mathemagical mysteries
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Cian O' Gradaigh & Colette Miranda
Botanical 1
Cian has been teaching mathematics in Ireland and Australia for more than 25 years. He has published a revision guide for students in Ireland. Cian has taught the full range of the Australian Curriculum in mathematics from year 7-12.
7-10
Maths problems with mysterious solutions. Teach them to your students to deepen their knowledge of the underlying mathematics. We will explore how this can be adapted to frame new questions and problems.
Mathematics investigation for ATAR Applications and Essential courses
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Melda Lim & Luke Nuske
Botanical 2
I have been a Teacher of Mathematics for 16 year teaching years 7 to 12. With my experience and enthusiasm, I enjoy developing strategies to help students gain an understanding, confidence and love of Mathematics.
11-12
Are you wondering how to write a mathematics investigation for Year 11 and 12 that will satisfy the key behaviours as described in the SCSA grade descriptors? In this session, investigation ideas for both ATAR and Essential courses will be discussed. Sample investigations will be given along with marking rubrics/solutions which meet the standard according to the WA course requirements.
Mathematics publications by Dion Alfonsi (ADMIRE Publications) (COMMERCIAL)
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Dion Alfonsi
Botanical 3
Dion Alfonsi is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Shenton College. He has taught primarily in Years 9 - 12 and has been active in Gifted and Talented Education and Curriculum leadership. In the past, Dion has presented on reSolve, investigations, Year 11 Methods content and Gifted and Talented Mathematics education.
11-12
ATAR Course Handbooks for Teachers. Sample Assessments. Semester 2 Examinations. In this session, I will be launching my newly established range of independent publications. I welcome teachers and Heads of Mathematics Learning Area who are looking for something new, in terms of resources, to support the teaching and assessing of our WA courses. Whilst starting small, I will also survey participants on the question: 'What do WA mathematics teachers need?'
Pizza fractions, Toblerone prisms and other munchable mathematical delights
3:05 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Tyril Houghton
Astral 3
Currently a University Supervisor of Pre-Service Teachers, I retired (2020) as Head of Mathematics at Bunbury SHS. Set up their GATE Mathematics program and elevated Year 9 NAPLAN results. Developed confidence in students through specific activities to engage, remediate deficits, build confidence, and empower students to become great problem solvers.
3-12
Some innovative ideas to enliven mathematics lessons, while embedding key concepts for students, will be demonstrated. These activities develop deep learning of fractions, measurement and statistics through the use of practical applications of readily-available, munchable resources. This session will provide a twist on how to teach concepts essential to future understanding that enables students to excel. Success breeds success and our heavy curriculum often leads us to we forget that abstract ideas do require demonstrations to ensure that concepts are fully understood. Are you looking for some ideas to motivate and excite your students? This session is for you.

Timeslot 10

Networking Drinks
4:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 2021
Astral 1

2021 WA Annual Maths Conference - Day 3

Timeslot 1

Registrations
8:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021

Timeslot 2

Opening Ceremony
8:45 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Wendy Pero
Crown Ballroom 2

Timeslot 3

KEYNOTE: Tie folding and unsolved mathematics
9:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
James Tanton
Crown Ballroom 2
Dr. James Tanton earned his PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. He is an author, a consultant, and ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C. and a founder of the Global Math Project, an initiative to transform the entire world’s perception of what mathematics can, and should, be. This program has now reached over 6 million students and teachers across the planet. James has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes, lectures, and professional development sessions across the globe. James is also a recipient of a Joint Policy Board for Mathematics communication award for 2020. James is Australian, and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Prim, Sec
How do you fold a tie, or a string, or a shoelace into perfect thirds, or perfect sevenths, or perfect thirty-sevenths? And why would you want to? Because the "elementary" mathematics of folding is chock full of surprising mathematics that swiftly leads to classic unsolved problems that have been baffling mathematicians for over a century! For world fame, can you solve an unsolved problem?

Timeslot 4

Morning Tea
10:15 am on Friday, November 19 2021

Timeslot 5

The mathematical thinking process - 12 months on
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Megan West
Crown Ballroom 2
I am excited by the prospect of making mathematics a little more accessible to all students. I love seeing the "AHA" moments and when students gain confidence in their ability to give problems a try. I still enjoy learning how all aspects of maths link together and sharing this with my students and colleagues.
7-10
This session will look at what we've learned in the implementation of the Mathematical Thinking Process over the last 12 months and have we have adapted our activities and rubrics. Come along with some topics to see how you can adapt what you already do to incorporate the process into your teaching.
Learning with calculators in years 6 to 10
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Barry Kissane
Crown Ballroom 3A
Barry is a retired mathematics teacher educator who remains actively engaged in his profession, with extensive interests and experience regarding technology in mathematics education, especially calculators, both in Australia and abroad. He is an Honorary Life Member of both MAWA and AAMT, and a former President of each organisation.
6-10
A calculator can be a learning tool, not merely a computational tool, although this seems to be too rarely recognised. This hands-on workshop is framed by a four-part model to understand how scientific calculators might be used as tools for learning in years 6 to 10, highlighting representation, computation, exploration and affirmation. We will explore together how students might benefit from using a calculator when learning some mathematical ideas, including integers, fractions and decimals, measurement and elementary algebra, amongst others.
STEAM Brains - Hands on problem solving
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Leah Mackay
Crown Ballroom 3B
Leah began her teaching career in primary, made the move to high school and is now the Head of Mathematics at Bunbury Catholic College. She prioritises teacher autonomy and student connection. Her passion to see students succeed and flexibility in creating student-centred curricula make her a role-model in Mathematics Education.
3-10
Critical and creative thinking through problem solving and reasoning. STEAM Brains aligns with Year 6 to 7 transition and extension. Teaching and learning is student-centred and based on a constructivist and humanistic approach. Bloom's Taxonomy is incorporated in all sessions and indicates level of ability, along with a Whole-Part-Whole approach across the program.
Algebraic reasoning: It's about noticing structure
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Lorraine Day
Crown Ballroom 3C
Lorraine is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia where she works primarily with Primary pre-service teachers in mathematics education. Her research interests are in mathematical reasoning, especially in the area of algebraic reasoning. She is a Life Member and former President of the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
5-10
The Western Australian Curriculum: Mathematics includes algebraic reasoning from the earliest years of schooling. This represents a paradigm shift from emphasising number in the primary years and algebra in the secondary years. The transition from arithmetic to algebra used to be difficult for many students, as it was a big jump from calculating numerical answers to representing relationships. Concentrating on the underlying structure of mathematics and forcing students to notice that structure will enhance the analysis of relationships, understanding the nature of variables and constants, generalisation and reasoning algebraically - all of the things necessary to be a successful student of algebra.
Deep assessment in mathematics
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Michael Nelson
Astral 3
Presenter at 2019 AAMT and 2018 MAV conferences
K-6
Educators will develop the skills to create, administer and analyse student assessment tasks, both in formative and summative formats. Educators will then explore how to use the analysis to make an impact in their students' learning.
What is this International Baccalaureate MYP criterion all about?
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Katrina Mooney
Botanical 1
Katrina Mooney is a 25-year veteran teacher and a maths specialist. Having spent her career in international schools across the globe, she has first-hand experience teaching and leading a variety of school curriculums. Katrina enjoys sharing her expertise and experiences, and inspiring others to become critical thinkers and creative, confident teachers.
3-6
A brief introduction to the IB MYP maths criterion and how it is explicitly taught and assessed. Understanding the IB approach to mathematics can help all teachers in all curriculums to look more closely at how they are teaching maths content and the lenses that help students to become true mathematicians. A fun and engaging presentation with real-life examples and ideas that you can take back to your own classroom. After teaching through the IB framework, I became a better maths teacher Why not see what it's all about?!
Games and activities for the classroom
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Warren Beckwith
Botanical 2
I am a part time teacher at Helena College, in Glen Forrest. I also run the business, "You do the Maths", which produces a variety of curriculum material and games.
3-10
This session presents short activities for the classroom to help break up or conclude a lesson. Most of these take no more than 5 to 10 minutes. They could be used as a motivational tool or just a fun way to revise basic skills. This session will cover a sample of these games and activities, and provide links to resources for your own use in your classroom.
Maths with a shade sail and a rope
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Amanda Nicholas
Botanical 3
As a Maths, Science and Digital Technologies teacher for 16 years, Amanda is the quintessential STEM teacher with a passion for hands on, engaging learning, using the whole body. Amanda uses the YuMi Deadly approach to learning and is passionate about sharing this method with teachers and students.
7-10
Why do we stop using manipulatives when students reach high school? Do you find your students switch off when you write notes on the board? In this session, we will use large hands-on, affordable manipulatives to engage students and develop deeper understanding of the big ideas of maths. Participants will be active participants in activities that can be taken straight back to the classroom or developed to fit your context.
Investigating in Year 11 Methods
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Dion Alfonsi
Botanical 4
Dion Alfonsi is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Shenton College. He has taught primarily in Years 9 - 12 and has been active in Gifted and Talented Education and Curriculum leadership. In the past, Dion has presented on reSolve, investigations, Year 11 Methods content and Gifted and Talented Mathematics education.
11-12
As a sequel to 2020's 'Making the most of 11 Methods', this session will continue exploring the richness of Methods Units 1 & 2. The session is targeted at new or experienced teachers of 11 Methods, course coordinators or curriculum leaders, who need some inspiration and ideas when considering opportunities to 'extend and investigate' within the course. I hope you leave this session with at least one mathematical investigation idea you could implement, either formally or informally.
Escape from Maths
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Jody Crothers
The Studio
HOLA – Mathematics at Ridge View Secondary College, Jody is enjoying developing a whole school culture from the ground up. His current projects involve the TI-Rover and Tik Tok videos. He loves having fun and making Maths fun. He believes as professionals we need to share and support each other.
7-12
Creating your own locked box challenge. Challenging, Engaging and Fun. In this session you will see how locked box/escape room challenges can be created. The activities can be tailored for all years from K to 12. From counting to Calculus locked box challenges can be fun for all. You will leave with access to already created challenges and will have the opportunity to create your own.
Providing for mathematically-able children aged 10 to 15
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Norm Hoffman
Studio 1
Dr Norm Hoffman has been a teacher of mathematics for almost 70 years. He founded and developed the WA Mathematics Problem Solving Program 30 years ago. For most of the time since then he was the director and main teacher in the program.
3-10
Mathematically-able children aged 10-15 represent one of our country's most valuable resources. Some of these students will be our country's leaders in 30 year's time. Their fullest intellectual development cannot be left to chance. Come and find out about the mathematics problem-solving program that, for thirty years, has fostered the development of many of our most talented students.
MultiDocs - Using FX Draw and FX Equation At The Next Level (COMMERCIAL)
11:00 am on Friday, November 19 2021
Paul Hooper
Studio 2
Paul Hooper is the founder and managing director of Efofex Software. Efofex has produced mathematics teacher productivity tools for over thirty years.
7-12
MultiDocs are Word documents, filled with FX Draw and FX Equation objects, that can regenerate themselves in a mathematically correct way. One document can equal thousands of different tests, each with fully worked solutions. We even provide a library of pre-written questions!

Timeslot 6

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics - What has Changed and Why?
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Rachael Whitney-Smith
Crown Ballroom 3B
Rachael is the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics specialist at ACARA and is currently leading the Review for Mathematics. She is also undertaking her PhD at Notre Dame University in Mathematics Education. Rachael is passionate about applied mathematics, STEM and teaching mathematics through rich tasks that engage student thinking and reasoning, problem solving, modelling and inquiry processes. Rachael has worked on National and International projects focussed on improving the mathematical outcomes of Australian students and has actively participated in the OECD Education 2030 project through her role at ACARA. Rachael is an active member on a number of mathematics advisory and reference groups and led the work in revising the National Numeracy Learning Progressions Version 3 as part of the National Online Formative Assessment Initiative. Rachael has been the Executive Officer, Professional Learning consultant and is currently a board member for the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
PP-6
On 12 June 2020, education ministers agreed that it was timely to review the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum, which had been in place since 2015, to ensure it is still meeting the needs of students and providing clear guidance for teachers. ACARA has worked in close consultation with the profession and key stakeholder groups to complete the review by 2022. For Mathematics we will look to prioritise what is essential for students to learn by identifying core concepts, draw on existing research into learning progressions to guide decisions around sequencing and concept development, embed the proficiencies into content descriptions and achievement standards in an interconnected way and ensure that curriculum content is relevant, connected and coherent. This presentation will provide insight into what has changed and why.
Building capacity in children to make appropriate computational choices
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Chris Hurst
Crown Ballroom 3C
Chris Hurst is a Curtin University Adjunct Research Fellow. His current involvement in mathematics education continues his eight years of work on multiplicative thinking and, more recently, children's computational choices. With his colleague, Derek Hurrell, Chris is currently compiling assessment resources and teaching tasks based on their multiplicative thinking research.
3-10
Children require assistance to make appropriate computational choices, and several questions come to mind. What mathematics do I know that can help me? What strategies could I use? Is it best to work out the answer mentally, written, using a calculator or a combination? What is there about the numbers that might help me? Indeed, a strong connected conceptual understanding of number and operations is needed and that needs to be supported by an appropriate mindset. This workshop uses student work samples from research and is aimed at providing teachers with tools to emphasise mental strategies over written algorithms.
Using a CPA approach to teaching written strategies
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Angela Janssens
Astral 3
Angela Janssens is the specialist maths teacher in the Junior School at All Saints' College, working with students from Year 3 through to Year 6. Angela brings experience and current pedagogical thinking for Gifted and Talented students into her lessons involving a 'mastery' approach to learning maths.
3-6
In this session, I will present on the use of a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach to teaching the written algorithms for all four operations. I will demonstrate how to use concrete manipulatives and how to progress these to their pictorial representations before finally using them in standard written algorithms.
The power of place value
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Samantha Alcock & Dan Mornement
Botanical 1
I have been teaching for 5 years, starting at St James' as a new graduate. I stepped into the role of Junior School Mathematics coordinator. I have worked alongside teachers to improve our whole school approach to produce quality maths lessons and improve student success.
K-6
Place value is a fundamental tool that educators are exploring and embedding in our mathematics learning programs and whole-school approaches. Explicit instruction on place value provides students with a solid foundation for regrouping, multiplying, adding, subtracting and supports their understanding of decimals. Through a powerful case study, St James has transformed their planning, teaching and whole-school approach to mathematics. Our teachers have learned the importance of number talks, lines and charts and as a result, our students have dramatically improved their mathematical reasoning skills.
You can handle the proof: Teaching proof by induction
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Gregory Hine
Botanical 2
Dr Gregory Hine's teaching career spans 22 years. Since 2012, he has taught pre-service secondary mathematics teachers at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle). Greg also conducts research into preparing pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. His scholarly publications are available to view at https://nd-au.academia.edu/GregoryHine
11-12
In this session, some useful approaches for educators teaching the Year 11 Mathematics Specialist topic of Real and Complex Numbers will be presented and explored. Consistent with the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics which has been taught in Western Australian schools since 2015, the sub-topic of Proof by Mathematical Induction (2.3.4, 2.3.5 & 2.3.6) will be the focal point. Although this session is intended primarily for those preparing to teach this content for the first time, all are welcome to attend.
Rich assessment tasks
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Derek Hurrell & Lorraine Day
Botanical 3
Derek's passion is in engaging students in the subject of mathematics and supporting the excellent work that teachers are doing in schools. To these ends he is involved in the delivery of professional learning in schools and is a regular invited presenter at both state and national conferences.
3-6
This interactive session will look at rich tasks that can be used in the classroom and how they can be tweaked to become rich assessment tasks which incorporate the Proficiency Strands, as well as the Content Strands. The use of a simple rubric that can be modified according to the task and the age-group will be explored, as will the qualities to look for in rich assessment tasks.
Problemo (COMMERCIAL)
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Tom Love
Botanical 4
Tom is an experienced maths teacher who works as a Mathematician for the Australian Maths Trust, developing content for Problemo and moderating enrichment materials for the Maths for Young Australians program.
3-6
This is curriculum-based problem solving supported with enabling tips, worked solutions and extensions to aid your planning.
Do you know about the curriculum support program?
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Rachel Theunissen & Lorraine Cave
The Studio
Rachel Theunissen is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher, working for 27 year across WA with a focus on Problem Solving and experience in online learning. Lorraine Cave has experience teaching in regional schools, currently teaching at Bridgetown High School and is keen to share her experience.
7-10
In 2021, members of the Department of Education have been working as Curriculum Support Teachers, using resources developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, and from their own classroom. In this workshop, two of the CST for mathematics (7-10) will present hands-on activities and resources, and look at how they can be accessed and used in the classroom. You will use the resources during the workshop.
How to run a celebration of mathematics in a school
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Craig Talbot & Mark Brookes
Studio 1
Craig is Year 3 Teacher at Roleystone Community College. I have been working as a primary teacher for the last 12 years. I have always been a keen Maths teacher and am always looking to improve the way I teach Maths and engage my students. In the last year, as part of my Senior Teacher role at my school, I undertook some study with Catherine Attard (Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics) at Western Sydney University. Learning about rich tasks and investigations has transformed the way I teach, and so I am working to spread the word to my colleagues and the wider community.
K-10
This year at Roleystone Community College, we have run our first 2-week event, called the Festival of Maths, to promote and raise the profile of mathematics to our staff and students. With myself as chair of the committee, we spent nine months putting together the event, which we ran at the end of Term 2 this year. As our school is K-10, we have run the event across the entire school, focussing both on fluency challenges and rich problem-solving tasks. This session discusses our inspiration for the event, how we went about organising it and how it actually worked out and what we learned along the way.
Supporting pre-apprentice tradies
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Tim Riessen
Studio 2
7-10
The TAFE sector recognises that training tradies, in particular Pre-apprentices, requires supporting literacy and numeracy development. This session provides a brief overview of two methods used to provide this.
ClassPad and the 2021 ATAR exams
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Charlie Watson
Crown Ballroom 2
Charlie currently writes exams for WA Exam Papers and provides PD to students and teachers through The Tuition Centre.
11-12
This session will demonstrate how students could have used their Casio ClassPads in the 2021 set of WACE exams. Participants are welcome to bring their own ClassPad and try out questions as we go, but you may prefer to just sit back, take a few notes and try by yourself later.
Computational thinking in the maths curriculum
12:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Donna Buckley
Crown Ballroom 3A
Donna Buckley is on the Board of MAWA, and is the MTQ coordinator in WA. Internationally she has been a mathematical and cyber security education advisor for the Microsoft Educational Framework P - 12 as well as the Covid 19 Demystified course. A full time teacher she has embedded technologies in her mathematics classroom. In 2021 she successfully introduced a VET Cybersecurity course for Upper School students in her school, leading to her becoming a finalist in the 2020 Australian Women in Security Awards
7-10
Do you have little or no programming experience and want to gain a baseline understanding? In the revised Australian Curriculum the mathematical process of computational thinking is embedded in the content descriptions. In this practical workshop, participants will design and create their own algorithm and Python program to sort and classify shapes (AC9M7SP04)

Timeslot 7

Lunch
1:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Astral 1

Timeslot 8

Pizza fractions, Toblerone prisms and other munchable mathematical delights
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Tyril Houghton
Crown Ballroom 2
Currently a University Supervisor of Pre-Service Teachers, I retired (2020) as Head of Mathematics at Bunbury SHS. Set up their GATE Mathematics program and elevated Year 9 NAPLAN results. Developed confidence in students through specific activities to engage, remediate deficits, build confidence, and empower students to become great problem solvers.
3-12
Some innovative ideas to enliven mathematics lessons, while embedding key concepts for students, will be demonstrated. These activities develop deep learning of fractions, measurement and statistics through the use of practical applications of readily-available, munchable resources. This session will provide a twist on how to teach concepts essential to future understanding that enables students to excel. Success breeds success and our heavy curriculum often leads us to we forget that abstract ideas do require demonstrations to ensure that concepts are fully understood. Are you looking for some ideas to motivate and excite your students? This session is for you.
Descent into chaos, recursions and L-systems
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Brett Stephenson
Crown Ballroom 3A
Brett is Head of Mathematics at Guilford Young College in Hobart and the current President of the Mathematical Association of Tasmania. He has been presenting at state and national conferences for many years and has found the topic of finite and infinite sequences to be a classic 'iceberg' area for exploration.
7-12
This workshop will investigate a number of recursive sequences and systems that utilise technology. The development of Infonacci sequences and logistic maps will introduce the ideas of attractors and alternative ratios.
There are many vehicles on the road ahead
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Ian Hailes
Crown Ballroom 3B
Ian Francis Hailes B.Sc. (Maths) and a Grad Cert of Edu (Computer-based Instructional Design) has: written T&L modules for the WA STEM consortium; is a member of the WA selection panel for the NMSS; assisted with research into NAPLAN. His students represented Australia in the IM2C, coming a meritorious second. Scotland's Teacher of the Year, wrote "Ian has a problem-solving investigation that looks unlike anything I've seen".
7-12
I have set myself the challenge of solving a single problem by using an abacus, slide rule, CAS calculator, Excel spreadsheet, the software utilities of GeoGebra, Desmos and the coding tools of Python, with each revealing an aspect of the solution. Join me on this path of discovery.
Algorithmic thinking - what it is and how to teach it
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Paul Brown
Crown Ballroom 3C
Dr Paul Brown works with preservice primary and secondary mathematics teachers. He is interested in reasoning and mathematical proof and currently teaches a Year 5 WAMPSP group.
7-10
Algorithmic thinking is an engaging way to introduce mathematical topics. Recipes are algorithms, as are flowcharts. We will look at material from the Australian Mathematics Trust and will have lots of fun. Suitable for teachers of Year 5 to 10.
Mathematics, numeracy and STEM education in Australian primary schools
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Sarah Briggs
Astral 3
Sarah has mainly worked as a primary school teacher since 2002, but is currently a PhD student and tutor of pre-service teachers at ECU. Her PhD research involves looking for practical solutions to meet the educational goals of increased mathematics achievement, numeracy across the curriculum and STEM education.
3-6
What are the similarities between 21st century numeracy, STEM practices and theories related to deep and transfer learning in mathematics? The purpose of this exploration is to provide guidance on how these approaches could be combined and implemented across the curriculum, with the specific intention of extending mathematics learning and bringing mathematics to life for all students. The aim is not to give teachers more to do but to explore planning opportunities which could enable the teaching of these concepts through an efficient, coordinated approach that takes into account current school timetabling and curriculum requirements.
The importance of reasoning in primary mathematics
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Jo Joyce
Botanical 1
Jo Joyce has been a Primary Mathematics Specialist (Year 1-6) for the last decade. She is passionate about exploring the beauty in mathematics with students, through engaging mathematical thinking opportunities. Jo currently teaches mathematics in a small metropolitan school, mentors colleagues and champions mathematics across her school community.
K-6
Reasoning in mathematics is vitally important. Are students really doing mathematics if they are not reasoning about their methods and answers? We will shine a light on this proficiency in the context of primary mathematics and look at a number of practical and efficient ways that you can embed reasoning into your daily teaching of mathematics. This session will also be useful and adaptable to lower secondary mathematics classes.
From arithmetic to algebra in years 5-9
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Jack Bana
Botanical 2
Jack Bana has been a member of the MAWA Committee every year since 1978. In most of that time he has coordinated the MAWA student activities. He is a past president of MAWA and an honorary life member. He has presented at State, national and international conferences; as well as being the co-author of many mathematics textbooks.
5-9
Do your students struggle with algebra? Have they been introduced to it yet? This session will show how students can make a smooth transition from arithmetic to algebra, so that it is not seen by them as a different subject, as is often the case. An innovative way to deal with basic number facts in primary classes, and well beyond, is one of the keys to achieving this objective.
Encouraging an appetite for maths
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Alan Sadler
Botanical 3
Alan started his teaching career in Bristol, UK and quickly became a Head of Department in a large inner city comprehensive school. He then relocated to Perth and taught at Rossmoyne Senior High School for many years. He is the author of over 50 Mathematics texts.
7-12
In this session, I will suggest a few activities, classroom approaches and ways of introducing topics that will hopefully help to encourage an appetite for maths in your students. Some of the ideas will have featured in previous talks of mine but I'll try to include some new ideas too.
How do you solve a problem like mathematically-able students?
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Tom Love
Botanical 4
Tom is an experienced maths teacher who works as a Mathematician for the Australian Maths Trust, developing content for Problemo and moderating enrichment materials for the Maths for Young Australians program.
3-10
Turn extension into meaning enrichment, as this presentation demonstrates how to turn ordinary questions into problem-solving challenges for your students.
Developing maths connections with children's literature
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Sheila Griffin
The Studio
Sheila has a Primary School background working in the state school sector where she had a range of Numeracy. Sheila has a passion for improving the teaching of mathematics by supporting schools and teachers through targeted professional learning and practical differentiated classroom ideas.
K-2
Teachers are confident in engaging students in reading experiences and providing opportunities for developing language. In this session, Sheila will explore how to bring books to life from a mathematical perspective, connecting students with stories, providing engaging experiences that contextualise their learning.
Mathematics publications by Dion Alfonsi (ADMIRE Publications) (COMMERCIAL)
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Dion Alfonsi
Studio 1
Dion Alfonsi is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Shenton College. He has taught primarily in Years 9 - 12 and has been active in Gifted and Talented Education and Curriculum leadership. In the past, Dion has presented on reSolve, investigations, Year 11 Methods content and Gifted and Talented Mathematics education.
11-12
ATAR Course Handbooks for Teachers. Sample Assessments. Semester 2 Examinations. In this session, I will be launching my newly established range of independent publications. I welcome teachers and Heads of Mathematics Learning Area who are looking for something new, in terms of resources, to support the teaching and assessing of our WA courses. Whilst starting small, I will also survey participants on the question: 'What do WA mathematics teachers need?'
“Oremun” – Low floor, high ceiling! (Differentiation with Numero) (COMMERCIAL)
2:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Julie Richards
Studio 2
Julie is the Director of IETPL, the WA owned and operated publisher of Numero. As the creator’s daughter, she has been involved with Numero since its inception. Julie also runs the annual Interschool Numero Challenges (primary and secondary). She has a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and was previously a Special Needs Education Assistant.
K-12
Join this hands-on workshop to see what “Numero” can do for your students! Learn to play the game at its higher levels. You will be introduced to aspects of the game which will ensure you leave this session with tools to increase the use of Numero in your classroom, be it primary or secondary. Numero provides a fun, almost contagious, way to focus on fluency, problem solving and reasoning. It is ideal for introducing and reinforcing both simple and complex maths concepts, with easy differentiation for varying abilities, along with pair, team and solo activities.

Timeslot 9

ClassPad tips
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Charlie Watson
Crown Ballroom 2
Charlie currently writes exams for WA Exam Papers and provides PD to students and teachers through The Tuition Centre.
11-12
This session will demonstrate some not-so-obvious apps and features of ClassPad II that teachers and students might find useful. Participants are welcome to bring their own ClassPad and tap along as we go, but you may prefer to just sit back, take a few notes and try by yourself later.
Some great activities
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Tony Robb
Crown Ballroom 3A
I have been teaching maths since 1980 (or there abouts). I am currently teaching in Busselton and have worked in several schools and systems statewide.
7-10
This session looks at activities that integrate technology and algebra with strands of maths, like measurement and probability.
Teaching fractions along a number line
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Kiera Bradley & Tyril Houghton
Crown Ballroom 3B
My name is Kiera Bradley and I am fourth year University student studying at Edith Cowan University. I have recently completed my fourth and final practicum which I was asked to plan for eight weeks of teaching mathematics and the concept of fractions and introduce my class the concept of Cartesian Planes.
3-10
During my professional experience in a year 5/6 class, I introduced the topic of fractions and how they are represented along a number line (0-1) using rope. The students were asked to come forward and manipulate the rope when they were asked to place common fractions such as 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8. The students figured out that they were able to fold the rope in half to show where 1/2 would be represented along the number line. The students and I discussed the relationship between halves, quarters and eighths. This led to further discussion of some common equivalent fractions and in subsequent lessons, I used two ropes to introduce the Cartesian Plane, four quadrants and the concept of coordinates. At the end of the presentation, there will be innovative worksheets for people to take home.
The vital importance of multiplicative thinking
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Chris Hurst & Derek Hurrell
Crown Ballroom 3C
Chris Hurst is a Curtin University Adjunct Research Fellow. His current involvement in mathematics education continues his eight years of work on multiplicative thinking and, more recently, children's computational choices. With his colleague, Derek Hurrell, Chris is currently compiling assessment resources and teaching tasks based on their multiplicative thinking research.
3-10
Multiplicative thinking is a K-10 issue. This workshop considers some important foundations laid during the early years which facilitate a deep and broad understanding of more advanced concepts. It also considers some of those concepts, which, without multiplicative thinking, are beyond the reach of not only students, but adults. Specifically, we explore how the array underpins ideas such as the distributive property and, in combination with partitioning, the written multiplication algorithm. As well, foundation knowledge for percentage, ratio and proportional reasoning is explored through arrays. Examples involving the situating of mathematics in meaningful contexts are used in the session.
What are number talks and how effective are they?
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Paula McMahon
Astral 3
Paula has worked in high schools for more than twenty years. Since 2019 she has worked as the MAWA Executive Officer. Paula has a passion to ensure students demonstrate understanding rather than learning 'maths tricks or rules'.
K-6
Fluency is more than just fact recall; it is knowing that a number can be composed and decomposed, and using that information to be flexible and efficient with solving problems. Number Talks engage students in mental computation, sharing strategies and decision making about the efficiency of strategies.
Introduction to using the new SCSA Mathematics K-6 exemplars
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Kelly Rademan & TBC
Botanical 1
I am a classroom teacher of 17 years, and have fulfilled many various teacher support roles in the area of Numeracy. In addition to currently teaching in a classroom, I have been selected as a Curriculum Support Teacher to introduce the new SCSA Curriculum Support Materials to staff, schools and networks. Part of my role includes trialing the lesson sequences and providing professional learning to fellow colleagues.
K-6
SCSA have developed support materials for planning, teaching and moderated assessment for all subject areas across all year levels. In this session, we will look at the Mathematics exemplars for K-6, and how these can be differentiated or diversified to suit your classroom context. The exemplars contain 32 weeks of planned lesson sequences with learning activities and linked assessment tasks. Come and discover how to get the most out of a valuable resource designed to support you in being an effective teacher of mathematics.
What mathematical skills do students need to be successful in Year 12 ATAR Physics?
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Kylie Offer
Botanical 2
Kylie Offer is the HOLA of Mathematics at Mount Barker Community College. She has considerable experience teaching 7-12 Mathematics in SA, NT and WA. Ensuring Mathematics is accessible for all students is a passion as well as promoting critical thinking in all students.
11-12
Most teachers understand the connection between mathematics and science in senior school. However, do you understand how best to prepare your students for success in Year 12 ATAR Physics? There is an increasing trend for students to study Year 12 Applications and Year 12 Physics. What mathematical understandings are missing for students to be successful in physics if they have not completed Year 12 Mathematics Methods and/or Mathematics Specialist? How can we help students to succeed? We will explore this further and the mathematical skills expected of students studying physics.
Bond Blocks: a ready-to-go Intervention System for Addition and Subtraction
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Narelle Rice
Botanical 3
Narelle Rice’s background is teaching mathematics from primary through to lower secondary. She has worked in teacher education for AISWA and ECU. Narelle is passionate about teaching students who don’t fit the middle, supporting teachers and developing whole school systems. Narelle is currently enjoying time working with Dr Paul Swan.
1-3
After five years of development Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan have finally launched the Bond Blocks System for Intervention in addition and subtraction! The system targets every addition and subtraction content descriptor in the Year 1 to 3 curriculum. Come and hear how use the Bond Block System for (i) Intervention from Years 1 to 6 and (ii) Mental Maths from Years 1 to 3.
Place value - a conceptual understanding
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Benjamin Saulsman
Botanical 4
Benjamin has been in education for over 15 years, having worked in a variety of sectors both in Australia and internationally. During this time Benjamin has also worked in the private sector, working with students who are below the expected level in their understanding of mathematics, developing strategies to accelerate learners and foster a deep understanding of content based on research, evidence and experience. His current role is in the Curriculum Team at Catholic Education of Western Australia, supporting teachers and schools in designing and implementing the delivery of numeracy and mathematics within the classroom.
3-10
This session will explore ways of teaching a deeper understanding of place value to students, providing them with a conceptual understanding of how the base 10 system works. The session will introduce a method of delivering this in a way that is not only engaging but also enhances students' fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills, while promoting higher-order thinking. The session will also reflect on the importance of having this conceptual understanding for students in order for them to acquire more complex content.
Interactive student notebooks: Notetaking and revision strategies in mathematics
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Nathan Tibbits & Oliver Oeij
The Studio
Nathan is the Head of Mathematics and the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at SCBC. He has a passion about Mathematics, educational research and identifying and developing mathematical talent in students. Oliver Oeij is a Humanities and Mathematics teacher who leads staff in pedagogical innovation at South Coast Baptist College.
7-12
This session will take an interactive hands-on approach as we look at the ways in which an interactive student notebook (ISN) can improve student organisation, learning and mathematical literacy. We will present simple strategies that can transform a student's ordinary notebook into an organised and user-friendly tool that supports ongoing revision and enables students to be more independent in their learning. We will take a hands-on approach as we review lesson activities, designed to foster revision habits in students by giving them practical strategies that they can use to review and learn from their mistakes in mathematics using their notebooks.
Data science in the secondary classroom
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Donna Buckley & Diya Soni
Studio 1
Donna Buckley is on the Board of MAWA, and is the MTQ coordinator in WA. Internationally she has been a mathematical and cyber security education advisor for the Microsoft Educational Framework P - 12 as well as the Covid 19 Demystified course. A full time teacher she has embedded technologies in her mathematics classroom. In 2021 she successfully introduced a VET Cybersecurity course for Upper School students in her school, leading to her becoming a finalist in the 2020 Australian Women in Security Awards
7-10
The ability to work with, understand, and use data has become an essential life skill and requirement for an ever-expanding range of jobs and careers. Data is everywhere around us. Ninety percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years (Marr, 2018). By studying data science, students develop creative thinking and statistical understanding in authentic contexts, extending them to become confident and critical storytellers of data. By learning to analyse claims and inferences, including considerations and identification of possible sources of bias (AC9M10ST01) students are empowered in the digital age. Attendees of this session will develop a base line understanding of data science and we will share resources developed and used at John Curtin College of the Arts as well as materials developed as part of a new STEM outreach portal being developed by the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre and its partners.
Activity-based learning of vectors
3:05 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Anastasia Popkova & David Blair
Studio 2
Ms Anastasia Popkova is currently pursuing her PhD in physics and education at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests are related to the development and implementation of a mathematical curriculum for Einstein Physics. She has a scientific background in physics and mathematics.
3-6
Understanding of things like the scales of the universe, world of light and atoms enable children to visualise and imagine things that otherwise might as well be magic. The maths concepts that we are introducing from an early age also have social importance for understanding money, weather, risks and gambling. Einstein-First has developed early activity-based learning to support science curricula in three crucial areas: huge and tiny (powers of ten), maths of arrows (graphical vectors) and maths of chance.

Timeslot 10

Networking Drinks
4:00 pm on Friday, November 19 2021
Astral 1