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 in Victoria:

  • 6th National Conference for School Leaders in Primary Mathematics Education (21st March 2020)
  • 12th Annual Primary Teachers’ Mathematics Conference (23rd May 2020)
  • 23rd Annual Primary and Secondary Teachers’ Mathematics Conference (2nd of December 2020)

We are looking forward to bringing our conferences back to you in 2021 when it is safe to do so.

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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. These webinars will be just over one-hour long presented by MTLC regular conference presenters.

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.

 

MTLC Maths Master Class Webinar Series 2

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

Webinar Description:

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.

About Ann Downton:

Ann Downton is a Lecturer in undergraduate and post-graduate early childhood and primary mathematics education courses in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She has extensive experience as a primary school teacher, a part-time mathematics specialist and as a mathematics consultant. Her research interests include children’s mathematics learning, in particular their development of multiplicative thinking, pedagogical practices that foster children’s mathematical thinking; and the role of mathematics leaders in schools and systems. Her current projects investigate the use of challenging sequences of learning that enhance the cognitive and affective experiences of Foundation to Year 2 students when learning mathematics.

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

Webinar Description:

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.

About James Russo:

James Russo is a primary school teacher, 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 relationship between classroom practice and academic research; and the learning and teaching of mental computation and estimation. James is currently working on an Australian Research Council project looking at developing sequences of learning experiences built around challenging tasks.

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

Webinar Description:

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!

About Aylie Davidson:

Aylie Davidson is an experienced educator having worked in early childhood and primary classrooms as a teacher, leading teacher and educational researcher. Aylie’s research examines ways to help teachers work together to plan student-centred mathematics learning sequences and experiences that involve innovative pedagogies. Her other research interests include: mathematical reasoning; the use of challenging tasks to support diverse learners; middle school leadership; and student engagement. Aylie enjoys working with and learning from teachers and school leaders to make learning relevant, practical and sustainable. Aylie regularly presents her research at mathematics education conferences and in various academic and teacher publications.

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

Webinar Description:

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.

About James Russo:

James Russo is a primary school teacher, 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 relationship between classroom practice and academic research; and the learning and teaching of mental computation and estimation. James is currently working on an Australian Research Council project looking at developing sequences of learning experiences built around challenging tasks.

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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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