Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre Conferences 

The Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre (MTLC) at Australian Catholic University (ACU) is committed to supporting primary and secondary teachers, mathematics leaders/numeracy coordinators, school leadership teams, families, and school communities (primary and secondary) in translating mathematics education research into practice in schools. The MTLC’s aim is to engage school and education-related communities with mathematics education research and to make impact within those communities by providing practical ways to use research as way of enhancing mathematics teaching and learning in classrooms. This aim is achieved through the MTLC professional development program.

This program consists of three large professional development conferences held in Melbourne each year. These professional development conferences are offered to mathematics education professionals across Australia and New Zealand where mathematics education academics and consultants present high-quality, research-informed yet practical workshops. The MTLC conferences are open to pre-service and in-service teachers, mathematics leaders/numeracy coordinators, school leaders, and education sector leaders working across Government, Catholic, and Independent schools and systems.

Conferences in 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre has cancelled the following conferences:

  • 6th National Conference for School Leaders in Primary Mathematics Education (21st March 2020)
  • 12th Annual Primary Teachers’ Mathematics Conference (23rd May 2020)

In the meantime we are excitedly planning our 23rd Annual Primary and Secondary Teachers’ Mathematics Conference on Wednesday the 2nd of December 2020. Our program will be available here and via our mailing list in early September.


Webinars in 2020

The MTLC is pleased to announce that we are bringing some of our conference presenters into the online world with our MTLC Maths Master Class Webinar Series 1.

These webinars will be just over one-hour long presented by MTLC regular conference presenters including Doug Clarke, Leonie Anstey, and Matt Sexton. The MTLC also welcomes a new presenter, Michael Minas, through this webinar series. Stay tuned as we hope to invite other regular MTLC conference presenters in future series.

These webinars will provide opportunities for participants to explore effective teaching and learning of mathematics in primary classrooms, as well as offer advice for mathematics leaders leading professional learning in primary schools. Participants will be provided with a selection of resources highlighted in the Master Class as well as recognition of one hour and fifteen minutes of professional learning for registration purposes.

Note that Zoom will be our platform for these webinars.

 

Presenter: Leonie Anstey
Audience: Year 4 -7 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 21st July 2020, 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Webinar Description:

The use of questioning is a fundamental tool that we know can enhance thinking and student engagement in mathematics learning. If you have wondered about what are the types and styles of questions to support student understanding, then this webinar might be for you. In this webinar, Leonie will share starter questions, questions to deepen conceptual thinking, and final discussion questions within the context of fractions as part-whole.

About Leonie Anstey:

Leonie Anstey is an educational consultant in instructional leadership and mathematics and numeracy education. Leonie was formerly a principal in Victoria and she has also worked as a ‘Teacher and Principal Coach’. Leonie’s teaching background includes secondary (mathematics and physics) and primary mathematics. She has supported system and school-based projects focused on building teachers’ knowledge and practices for mathematics teaching in primary, secondary and early childhood settings. Leonie also consults and supports principals and system leaders to implement instructional leadership strategies that build school capacities for effective mathematics teaching and learning.
Presenter: Doug Clarke
Audience: Foundation to Year 6 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 4th August 2020, 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Webinar Description:

Number sense can be thought of as thinking of numbers in a sense-making way. Many children develop creative and efficient strategies when operating on numbers, but a focus on formal algorithms too early may deter students from using their number sense. In this webinar, Doug will explore ways of using mental computation and number relationships to help young children deal with numbers strategically and flexibly. Doug will actively involve participants in some engaging activities and ideas, which he has found helpful in building number sense.

Please note: Participants will gain much more from the webinar if they have a set of dominoes (Paul Swan foam dominoes are great and inexpensive), some six-sided dice, a basic calculator, and a partner (if possible) to try out some of the activities.

About Doug Clarke:

Doug Clarke is an Emeritus Professor at Australian Catholic University (ACU), and former Director of the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre at ACU from 1993 to 2017. He led many research and professional learning projects working with teachers in Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Doug has published widely in areas including teacher professional learning, assessment, teacher pedagogical content knowledge and rational number learning. He has published many books, journal articles and peer reviewed articles within Australia and internationally. He still enjoys the opportunity to work alongside teachers and students in classrooms to make mathematics enjoyable and worthwhile, and looks forward to the time when that becomes possible once more
Presenter: Leonie Anstey
Audience: Foundation to Year 6 teachers
Date/Time: Wednesday 12th August 2020, 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Webinar Description:

Dialogue is an important vehicle for facilitating student learning to be able to think and reason mathematically. As teachers, dialogue enables us to develop classroom learning that is flexible, instructional, collaborative, and rigorous. In this webinar, Leonie will explore a range of tools that develop mathematical reasoning. These tools can be adapted and used across many stands and aspects of the mathematics curriculum.

About Leonie Anstey:

Leonie Anstey is an educational consultant in instructional leadership and mathematics and numeracy education. Leonie was formerly a principal in Victoria and she has also worked as a ‘Teacher and Principal Coach’. Leonie’s teaching background includes secondary (mathematics and physics) and primary mathematics. She has supported system and school-based projects focused on building teachers’ knowledge and practices for mathematics teaching in primary, secondary and early childhood settings. Leonie also consults and supports principals and system leaders to implement instructional leadership strategies that build school capacities for effective mathematics teaching and learning.
Presenter: Michael Minas
Audience: Foundation to Year 8 teachers
Date/Time: Tuesday 25th August 2020, 4:00-5:15pm AEST
Cost: $30.00 per person

Webinar Description:

One of the greatest challenges confronting teachers is how to best cater for the wide range of abilities in mathematics. In this webinar, Michael will explore how learning can be enhanced while also increasing student engagement, simply by changing the type of questions that teachers pose. Michael will investigate the benefits of using open-ended tasks by taking participants through examples that have been successfully implemented in classrooms. We also outline some simple design principles that will allow you to create your own open-ended tasks across all of the strands of mathematics and for all year levels.

About Michael Minas:

Michael Minas has worked in education for 20 years and is the director of Love Maths Consulting (www.lovemaths.me). He is the current editor of Prime Number and his areas of interest include problem solving and student engagement. Michael presents at conferences around Australia and provides consultancy services to the Mathematical Association of Victoria and PD Online. In 2018, his ability to shape learning well beyond his classroom was recognised when he won a CHOOSE MATHS Teaching Excellence Award.

Register now

Check back regularly to view more webinar dates and topics as they become available.

More information

For more information please contact Michelle Fabris on (03) 9230 8433 or email Michelle.Fabris@acu.edu.au

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