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
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.