Numeracy Leaders K-12 and HOLA Forum 25th November
Post-Secondary Conference 26th November
Secondary Conference 26th & 27th November
Primary Conference 27th November
Amie Albrecht is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Australia. Her research largely focuses on solving practical industry-inspired challenges, leading to more efficient and sustainable transport.
Amie taught mathematics at university for a number of years—at first, teaching just like she’d been taught. But around eight years ago Amie realised the disconnect between traditional procedural-based teaching found in many classrooms, and the creative and collaborative ways in which professional mathematicians work.
Her award-winning teaching now focuses on developing mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills by giving students opportunities to explore their own mathematical ideas, leading them to share delightful and unexpected ways of approaching problems. Her inclusive approach encourages all students to develop a richer understanding of mathematics, inspiring the pre-service teachers she works with to incorporate these authentic mathematical practices in their own classrooms.
Amie is a popular presenter to teachers and students across Australia. Amie thinks of mathematics as a collection of connected puzzles—challenging, fun, sometimes frustrating, but always satisfying to understand.
James Russo is a researcher and pre-service teacher educator based out of Monash University, Victoria. His research interests include:
- teacher and student emotional responses in the primary mathematics classroom;
- the role of challenging tasks, games, and children’s literature as pedagogical approaches to support positive student learning experiences in primary mathematics;
- better understanding the relationship between classroom practice and academic research
- the learning and teaching of mental computation and estimation;
James writes regularly for a range of teacher practitioner journals and continues to spend some of his week team-teaching in a primary classroom. He uses this as a space to develop and test teaching ideas, and to stimulate thinking about his research. James is currently working on an Australian Research Council project looking at developing sequences of learning experiences built around challenging tasks.