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Past Webinars

Teaching maths for mastery – the impact on teaching

Date: November 19, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM AEDT

Speakers: Alison Hopper

Description: Past mathematics teaching practice in the UK, like Australia, often emphasised inquiry or topic based pedagogical approaches. Starting in 2015, linking with Shanghai Normal University, England’s National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) started to promote and introduce teaching for mastery practices to primary and secondary schools across England. These practices include more explicit teaching of mathematical concepts and their interconnectedness to ensure students acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The aim is to improve mathematics education outcomes for all students at all levels in maths. The second webinar covers:

  • How to teach a mathematical reasoning in a mastery lesson
  • The differences from an inquiry-based presentation of the concept
  • Lesson sequencing, preparation and classroom organisation
  • Lesson structure and emphasis
  • Class activities: explicit teaching and student engagement
  • Developing and deepening understanding and fluency

Resources: Presentation slides (password encrypted)

This video is password protected and available for viewing by registered participants only.

Teaching maths for mastery – the impact on maths education

Date: November 12, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM AEDT

Speakers: Alison Hopper and Charlie Stripp

Description: Past mathematics teaching practice in the UK, like Australia, often emphasised inquiry or topic based pedagogical approaches. Starting in 2015, linking with Shanghai Normal University, England’s National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) started to promote and introduce teaching for mastery practices to primary and secondary schools across England. These practices include more explicit teaching of mathematical concepts and their interconnectedness to ensure students acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The aim is to improve mathematics education outcomes for all students at all levels in maths. The first webinar covers:

  • The rationale, strategy and preparation for the transition to mastery
  • What is mastery and the impact on educational practices
  • Some key differences between inquiry-based and mastery methods
  • The organisation of professional learning and resource
  • Impact on schools, leadership and teachers
  • Some evidence and reflections on the NCETM experience

This video is password protected and available for viewing by registered participants only.

What’s new in Maths300

Date: October 27, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM AEDT

Speaker: Dr John West

Description: In this webinar, John will introduce the exciting new content and enhanced features of the new Maths300 website (https://new.maths300.com). In addition to giving all 194 classic Maths300 lessons a fresh new look and feel, a Maths300 Writers’ Group has been established to develop brand-new lesson content. Seven entirely new lessons have already been developed and are available, taking the Maths300 lesson count past 200 for the first time! A further 10 lessons are currently in development, with AAMT aiming to add approximately 20 new lessons each year. The Maths300 resources have been used by teachers in Australia for many years. Their ongoing popularity is testament to the effectiveness and high quality of the lessons. The underlying principle of each lesson is to encourage students to learn through inquiry, to collaborate and to think like mathematicians. Teachers and students find the Maths300 activities and investigations to be a positive and engaging way of exploring and understanding mathematical concepts in the classroom.

Australian Teachers Using Japanese Lesson Study:
A structured problem-solving lesson on multiplication

Date: October 21, 2020 7:00 PM – 8.30PM AEDT

Speakers: Dr Duncan Rayner (AAMT), Ms Felicity Ames (South Geelong Primary School), Dr Wanty Widjaja (Deakin University), Dr Keiko Hino (Utsunomiya University), Dr Susie Groves (Deakin University, Dr Toshiakira Fujii (Tokyo Gakugei University)

Description: This is a second webinar on Japanese Lesson Study offered by AAMT, in collaboration with the International Math-teacher Professionalization Using Lesson Study project (Project IMPULS) at Tokyo Gakugei University. The webinar was be based on a video-recorded structured problem-solving lesson, Theme Park Multiplication:A structured problem-solving lesson on multiplication, taught by Felicity Ames to a Grade 3/4 class at South Geelong Primary School. The webinar highlighted some of the key features of the structured problem-solving approach, Japanese Lesson Study, and the key role of the post-lesson discussion.

Presentation slides

Time is of the Essence

Date: Sep 14, 2020 04:00 PM AEST

Speaker: Dr Margaret Thomas

Description: Time is a confusing and complex topic for many children. While the curriculum focusses on the reading of clocks and calendars, research has shown that there is more to this topic than being able to ‘tell the time’. This presentation explores the meaning of time and identifies four major Components of time that need to be comprehended to develop a deep understanding. A Framework of Learning and Teaching of Time is explained with ideas for lessons to suit primary school students.

ResourcesTime is of the essence slides

Mathematics Lesson Study in Japan: A structured problem-solving lesson in congruent figures

Date: Sep 3, 2020 4:00PM – 5:30PM AEST

Speakers: Susie Groves, Max Stephens, Toshiakira Fujii, Yoshinori Shimizu, Akihiko Takahashi, Naoko Matsuda, Duncan Rayner

Description: In collaboration with the International Math-teacher Professionalization Using Lesson Study project (Project IMPULS) at Tokyo Gakugei University, the webinar looked at a Japanese structured problem-solving lesson in mathematics. The lesson was presented in the context of Lesson Study. The webinar attempted to highlight some of the key features of the post-lesson discussions that play a key role in Lesson Study, and included expert commentary from Australian and Japanese educators about the problem-solving approach used in the lesson, as well as opportunities for comments and questions from participating teachers.

Resources:

Exploring Geometric Algebra and STEM in your Browser: Free Online Resources for Assessment and Exploration

Date: Aug 27, 2020 04:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Speaker: Stephen Arnold

Description: The Live Mathematics and STEM on the Web collection showcases some of the best free browser-based classroom ready teaching and learning tools for Mathematics and STEM. From junior secondary algebra (Pythagoras’ Theorem, area of a triangle, similar triangles) to seniors (calculus extensions) and some simple but powerful STEM applications, the tasks in the collection offer something for just about everyone – AND the showcase comes complete with step-by-step tutorials supporting teachers (and interested students) who would like to learn how to create their own live online activities.

Using data to improve mathematics outcomes

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 7 30 pm AEST

Speakers: Di Siemon, Rosemary Callingham, Lorraine Day

Description: Research indicates that using data can improve mathematics outcomes. In this webinar the range of data available to teachers and schools will be considered and ways of using these data sensibly and appropriately will be explored.

ResourcesUsing data to improve mathematics outcomes slide

Targeted Teaching

Date: Thursday August 6, 7 30 pm AEST

Speakers: Di Siemon, Rosemary Callingham, Lorraine Day

Description: The Growing Mathematically project for teaching multiplicative thinking skills provides teachers with assessment booklets, a Learning and Assessment Framework (LAF) and targeted teaching resources. Teachers conduct the assessment with their students. The results are converted to a zone in the LAF for multiplicative thinking. Armed with this information, teachers can use the targeted teaching interventions to focus their teaching at the right level for the students. This is a powerful and evidence-based way to improve the multiplicative skills of students. In the webinar we will discuss the strategies and practices of using targeted teaching interventions for multiplicative thinking skills.

Resources: Targeted Teaching slides

Multiplicative Thinking

Date: Jul 1, 2020 07:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Speakers: Di Siemon, Rosemary Callingham, Lorraine Day

Description: In this webinar we will consider how to improve the multiplicative thinking skills of Australian students using an evidence-based learning and assessment framework, formative assessments and targeted teaching interventions. The webinar is connected to the AAMT project Growing Mathematically, in which schools are invited to trial an updated set of resources that will further develop the evidence-base for the multiplicative thinking learning progression, assessment and teaching materials. See www.mathseducation.org.au.

ResourceMultiplicative Thinking slides

Some useful ‘tools’ to help you teach geometry, some online and some not

Date: Jun 4, 2020 07:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Speaker: Anthony Harradine

Description: An amusing aspect of geometry is that you can create a ‘figure’ using certain truths, only to observe that there seem to be other truths staring right at you, forcing you to wonder whether or not what you observe is in fact true – t’is the way-of-geometry!By looking at one or two such cases, we will ponder how students might learn some aspects of the geometry content in the AC, via the way-of-geometry. The use of tools, both online and not, will be a natural part of the discussion.

 

Back to Business: building online maths curriculum into our regular classrooms

Date: May 29, 2020 04:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Speaker: Melissa Fanshawe

Description: This session aims to assist teachers to think about the opportunities that online learning has provided for their students and how we can use these skills going forward to provide blended learning. Participants will actively contribute to the discussion in break out rooms, identifying opportunities, as well as barriers, and ideas for implementation in the modern maths classroom.

A demonstration and discussion of online maths teaching (Mastery approach) in a leading Shanghai primary school

Date: May 22, 2020; 11:30 AM (AEST); 09:30 AM (Shanghai)

Speakers: Dr Huang Rongjin (Middle Tennessee State University, USA), Dr Max Stephens (University of Melbourne), Dr Zhang Minxuan (Shanghai Normal University), Dr Huang Xingfeng (Shanghai Normal University), Ms. Wu Yun (Shanghai Experimental Primary School)

Description: This webinar is split into two parts. In the first part, participants are invited to view a pre-recorded video of an online maths class in a leading primary school in Shanghai (using a Mastery pedagogical approach). A group of 11 year-old students is taught about averages. The video can be viewed here.

In the second part, we will host an interactive discussion via a webinar with some international experts about the different approaches to teaching maths online. Participants are invited to register for the second interactive session. For further information, see the agenda.

The Shanghai experience in home-based mathematics teaching during the pandemic

Date: April 28, 2020

Speaker: Professor Zhang Minxuan, President of the Research Institute for International and Comparative Education at Shanghai Normal University

Description: The webinar is presented by mathematics researchers and teachers in Shanghai. They will discuss their experiences in rapidly adapting to home-based learning of mathematics for school students during school closures. The webinar is led by Professor Zhang Minxuan, President of the Research Institute for International and Comparative Education at Shanghai Normal University.

The resources given in the webinar are available in the following