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Making number talks matter

Making number talks matter

A number talk is a brief daily practice where students mentally solve computation problems and talk about their strategies. The talks help students to work flexibly with numbers and arithmetic properties, building a solid foundation and confident disposition for future learning.

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National Mathematics Summer School

The National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) is a program for the discovery and development of mathematically gifted and talented students from all over Australia. 

Who runs NMSS?

The current Director of the NMSS is Associate Professor Leon Poladian (University of Sydney) who conducts the Summer School on behalf of the joint sponsors, the Australian National University and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. A highly able and committed team of lecturers, tutors and other support staff volunteer their time to an important contribution to mathematics talent development.

Who is it for?

The NMSS is aimed at students completing Year 11, but others are included from time to time. Approximately 60 students attend each year. Potential participants can be suggested to the relevant State/Territory selector for consideration. Names of selectors are available from State/Territory affiliated associations.

When and where is it held?

The NMSS is a two week residential school held in January each year at the Australian National University in Canberra.

What is the program?

Students participate in a series of lecture courses from mathematicians in a number of branches of mathematics at a relatively advanced level.They attend tutorials under the guidance of a range of staff – postgraduate students, mathematics teachers and academic mathematicians. There is also an extensive social and cultural program which takes advantage of the attractions in Canberra.

What are the costs?

Students are expected to contribute to the costs of their attendance, but these are subsidised by sponsorship at the national and local levels.

For more information, visit the NMSS website.