2022 Virtual Maths Conference
Dr Tom Crawford is an Early-Career Fellow at St Edmund Hall and the face of the award-winning Tom Rocks Maths outreach programme that aims to make maths fun, entertaining and accessible to all. Tom completed his undergraduate degree at Oxford before obtaining his PhD in applied maths at the University of Cambridge. When not talking all things maths on YouTube (including for the amazing Numberphile) or on the BBC (where he previously worked as a science journalist), he can be found getting new maths-themed tattoos or pretending he’s a rockstar.
The power of maths is in its versatility. In this talk, Dr Tom Crawford will present some of his favourite examples of mathematical modelling - from penalty kicks, to ocean pollution, via video games - with stories from sport, history and nature helping to bring the subject to life. This is maths, but not as you know it...
Fiona Foley, MANSW Education Consultant with MANSW with a focus on improving student engagement and outcomes through building teacher capacity in knowledge of content, pedagogy and research-based innovative classroom procedures and strategies.
The effective use of manipulatives such as Cuisenaire Rods, can help students connect ideas and integrate their knowledge so that they gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. In this session we will explore the use of Cuisenaire Rods to build conceptual understanding in addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions, place value, counting, geometry & measurement, ratio & area. Note: If you have a set of Cuisenaire Rods, please bring them along to join in the 'play' and productive struggle!
Dion Alfonsi is a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Shenton College. He has taught primarily in Years 9 â€“ 12 and has been active in Gifted and Talented Education and Curriculum leadership.
The Mathematics Curriculum is underpinned by four key mathematical proficiencies; Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. However, it is often a challenge for us as teachers to know exactly how much of a role these proficiencies should play in our planning, teaching and assessment. Strategic teacher questioning. Focus questions and command words. Student-led discussions. In this session, we will explore some ways to bring "teaching through the proficiencies" to the forefront of your pedagogical practice.
Kristen Tripet is Program Manager of reSolve: Maths by Inquiry, the flagship mathematics education program at the Australian Academy of Science. Kristen has always had a keen interest in mathematics and enjoys sharing her passion with teachers and students.
reSolve's vision for school mathematics is that all Australian students are engaged in meaningful mathematics learning where they actively construct new knowledge through exploration, discussion, and reflection. In this session, participants will explore the reSolve approach to teaching mathematics through the context of a task. Three important elements of effective mathematics teaching will be unpacked: the active role of the teacher, tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving, and a sense-making classroom culture. Participants will look at how the reSolve resources help teachers to meet the challenge of embedding the reSolve approach to teaching mathematics in their own classrooms.
Sheila has a primary school background working in the state school sector where she had a range of Numeracy and leadership roles. She has a passion for improving the teaching of mathematics by supporting schools and teachers through targeted professional learning.
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 context, connecting students with stories, providing engaging experiences that contextualise their learning.
Thomas is currently completing a PhD exploring how productive relationships are formed between maths teachers and their students. He also works with teachers and school leaders as a consultant to help both primary and secondary schools implement an inclusive and engaging curriculum for all.
In this unique and entertaining presentation, Thomas Moore interviews Peter Breukers to give you front row seats to all of the action happening within his class. In doing so, both Tom and Peter will explore a theoretical model that they have put together which Peter uses to track the participation and engagement of his students. Sometimes students might appear to be working hard, but in fact they are barely being challenged. Other times they might appear to be off task, but instead are thinking deeply about the mathematics. This presentation addresses such ideas, whilst providing you with all of the highlights, action packed replays and one-on-one interviews that you might hope for when reflecting on one's performance.
Shyam Drury is a Professional Learning Consultant for Scitech and PhD candidate studying and sharing best practice in mathematics education. Previously a secondary mathematics teacher, he has worked for the last 5 years improving the expertise of primary school teachers in effective maths teaching.
Shyam has written and delivered two leading programs training teachers in planning and delivering effective problem-solving focused lessons (Alcoa Champions of Maths and Lighthouse Maths). In this presentation he will share a combination of the research behind the approaches and observations gained during implementation. The session will cover powerful, clear structures for implementing a problem-solving approach in classroom, and the nuances of planning and thinking about different types of problems.
Matt Sexton is Director of the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre (MTLC) and a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at ACU. His teaching and research areas include school mathematics leadership, teacher professional learning, effective pedagogies, and using concept cartoons as dialogue tools.
School mathematics leaders in primary school settings play a significant role in leading the development of mathematics teaching and learning. In this presentation, Matt will present practical advice for mathematics/numeracy leaders in relation to leadership practices. A focus on ways of leading teacher professional learning will also be highlighted using evidence from both research and practice. This presentation will showcase ways to support mathematics leaders in finding focus and direction drawing on stories of mathematics leadership in primary schools.
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.
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.
Tierney is a mathematics consultant working with schools throughout WA to improve maths results.
This workshop uses receipt roll to teach: length, capacity, place value, addition, subtraction (including integers), fractions, decimals and percent, probability, graphs, ratio and multistep problems.
Dr Paul Swan is a Past President of MAWA, an honorary life member of MAWA, author, game maker and popular presenter. He has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary settings and now helps leaders improve the teaching of mathematics in their schools.
Sometimes the humble seven piece Tangram is relegated to the role of a Jigsaw. While fitting Tangram pieces to outlines is a worthwhile activity they can be sued for much more including developing understanding of area and fraction relationships.
Rachel Theunissen has been teaching Mathematics for 27 years in Perth and regional WA, as well as online to students wanting to study the WA Curriculum all over the world. Her focus is teaching students to be problem solvers, she has been a volunteer for the Australian Mathematics Trust since 2012.
There is much to explore in Mathematics and Algorithmic Thinking and in this session you will see ways of leading students through the process of solving problems, as well as see what's new online and can be accessed by students and teachers. We will work through some problems together and consider ways of presenting problems to students to engage them and keep them interested.
Andrew helps people enjoy maths through engaging games, creative pedagogy and innovative activities. His passion is supporting teachers to build skilled & confident mathematicians through 'intentional fun'. Andrew equips teachers with hands-on resources & experiences to engage everyone, everywhere.
If you want to stop losing learners to disengagement, find creative ways to build skills and learn to deliver mathematical content in a way where students will voluntarily spend hours of their own time solving problems, this session is for you. During this workshop we'll explore a range of engaging tasks and learn how to turn almost any activity into a low floor-high ceiling task by making a few simple adjustments. Participants will produce their very own mathematical puzzle and be provided with additional resources to make maths 'remotely' interesting!
Michael Minas is the director of Love Maths and his areas of interest include problem solving and student engagement. In 2018, he won the CHOOSEMATHS Teaching Excellence Award. Michael was the editor of Prime Number from 2019 to 2021 and is currently a contributing author for the Maths300 website.
One of the most misunderstood parts of the maths curriculum is fluency, with many people believing that this is about students shouting out ROTE learned number facts on command. This session will explore what it means for your students to be truly fluent- thus making them the boss of the numbers and not the other way around.
Misconceptions in fractions are widespread and persistent. In this session, teachers will analyse student work samples and provided with quick diagnostic tasks to use with their own students.
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
Cryptography is the art of protecting information with codes and ciphers. Mathematical locks, pattern recognition and statistical analysis are foundational skills required for any potential code maker or breaker. In this session participants will get to explore the historical development of cryptography and consider its real life applications to the essential growth industry in our technical world - cybersecurity.
Cassandra currently works as a Numeracy Enhancement Leader for St Francis Primary School Tarneit. This role provides her with the opportunity work directly with staff and students to explore problems, plan and analyse data and share her love of all things maths.
Number sense has become a buzzword in education circles. It's been described as an integral component in the development of students' number knowledge and has been linked with everything from flexible thinking and confidence in maths, to an ability to recall facts. So, what is number sense, and, how do teachers make time to teach it? This workshop will unpack the latest research regarding number sense. It will provide participants with games and activities that will help students to develop their ability to use numbers flexibly and provide examples of how tasks can be integrated into a balanced mathematics program.
Jen has worked at MAV for 14 years. She enjoys inspiring teachers, coaches, consultants and leaders to become more critical and creative educators and provide the best learning experiences for their students.
Enabling and extending prompts have become an effective and popular way to effectively differentiate tasks across classrooms. Prompts allow students to become including in tasks, supporting them by reducing the complexity of the task or extending and challenging their thinking. In this workshop we will investigate some challenging and engaging tasks and explore how to create prompts to ensure all students are including and tasks are differentiated.
We need to enable our students to identify the mathematics in their everyday context. To prepare young people for ATAR, industry and higher education, students need to have the skills to investigate. This workshop will assist you with developing the skills to build a program for your class, providing your students with the opportunity to explore the maths behind a topic of interest to them.