Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre - MTLC Maths Masterclass Webinar Series 2

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Relational trust and mathematics leadership in primary schools
$30.00

Presenter: Matt Sexton
Audience: School Mathematics Leaders, numeracy coordinators, year level coordinators
Date/Time: Wednesday 9th September 2020 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Nurturing relational trust is critical in the leadership activity of middle leaders in primary schools. Relational trust is vital if school mathematics leaders are to lead professional learning that impacts on teacher disposition, practice, and knowledge. In this webinar, Matt will share aspects of his research in this area of relational trust in mathematics leadership in schools. Advice and strategies to build relational trust with teachers will be explored along with a protocol for having “genuine conversations” with teachers.

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Dyscalculia: Knowledge, identification and adaption of mathematics teaching
$30.00

Presenter: John Munro
Audience: Foundation to Year 10 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 15th September 2020 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

The webinar will begin by describing dyscalculia and its cause. Most infants develop the ability to enumerate and compare small quantities in the first two years of life. Dyscalculia occurs when this doesn’t happen. It leads to difficulty learning maths at all year levels: the ability to count and use place value concepts, whole number algorithms, recall number facts, form part-whole relationships, use number to measure, and to solve word problems.

The webinar will describe how you can use tests, error analysis of classroom tasks, and dynamic assessment to decide whether a student may have dyscalculia. John will also recommend ways in which you can modify regular mathematics teaching and implement interventions for dyscalculic students. This includes teaching them explicitly to comprehend quantities and maths operations of increasing complexity through actions and imagery, oral language, and symbolism to automatise maths ideas, to build short-term and long-term memory for mathematics ideas, metacognition and self efficacy as mathematics learners.

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Algebraic thinking and reasoning
$30.00

Presenter: Jill Brown
Audience: Year 3 to Year 6 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 13th October 2020 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

The Australian Curriculum highlights algebraic thinking in the Number and Algebra strand, within the Patterns and Algebra sub-strand. Algebraic thinking includes a focus on number patterns (whole numbers then extending to fractions and decimal fractions), equality, properties of numbers (odd or even, prime, composite, square, triangular), describing ‘rules’ to create sequences, the order of operations, and representing points on the Cartesian plane. Research shows that these ideas are best taught and learnt using a “multiple representation approach”. In this webinar, Jill will focus on this approach and share some key algebraic thinking tasks that require Grade 3 to 6 students to engage with and use language, visual, graphical, and symbolic representations as ways of demonstrating their algebraic thinking.

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Challenging Tasks: Multiplicative thinking and productive struggle
$30.00

Presenter: Ann Downton
Audience: Foundation to Year 3 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 27th October 2020 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Challenging tasks can be adapted to a variety of levels and provide opportunities for all students to engage in mathematical learning. Multiplicative thinking is a critical stage of students’ mathematical development during their early primary years of schooling. In this workshop, Ann will share multiplicative tasks and some experiences of how early primary aged students applied themselves when solving these tasks. The important role of the teacher in encouraging productive struggle, as an important aspect of learning, will also be highlighted.

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Using enabling and extending prompts to support all learners
$30.00

Presenter: James Russo
Audience: Foundation to Year 6 teachers
Date/Time: Wednesday 11th November 2020 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of teaching mathematics to children of any age is the range of abilities present in a classroom. One means of addressing this issue is to teach mathematics through problem solving, and use enabling and extending prompts to differentiate instruction. However, how should such prompts be used? How much consideration should be given to matching prompts to particular tasks? What are some tips for developing or sourcing appropriate prompts? In this webinar, James will share ways to engage students with several challenging tasks, and develop prompts that could effectively support or extend student learning using those tasks. 

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Mathematics planning for 2021
$30.00

Presenter: Aylie Davidson
Audience: Foundation to Year 6 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 24th November 2020 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

As we head to the “pointy end” of the year, we start to think ahead about planning mathematics sequences and units of work for 2021. In this webinar, Aylie will share practical approaches and resources that participants can use to make planning purposeful and build important mathematical and cross-curricular connections. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore a planning model and planning proforma that supports teachers to focus on what matters when planning – the maths! 

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More than just a game
$30.00

Presenter: James Russo
Audience: Foundation to Year 6 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 8th December 2020, 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Looking for some new mathematical games to begin the new school year? In this webinar, James will introduce a variety of recently developed mathematical games consistent with good practice educational design principles. For each game, he will highlight opportunities for differentiation, modification and explore how these games can be extended into investigations. The webinar will be ‘hands-on’. Participants are advised to attend in pairs, if possible, and have ready access to playing cards, dice and a number chart. Educators will leave the webinar with some rich activities they could implement in their classroom immediately or in the new school year.

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