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Numeracy Champion Action Research Project Session 1 of 4: Algebraic Thinking (North)

Area of focus

Numeracy

When

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tue 14th Mar 2023

Where

Launceston Conference Centre, 50 Glen Dhu Street, Launceston

Who should attend

Primary teachers, Mathematics/Numeracy leaders, Instructional Coaches

Who is speaking

Associate Professor Tracey Muir and Doctor Carol Murphy
Do you want to become a Numeracy Champion and promote greater impact in the development of students' mathematical understanding? Are you wanting to develop the confidence and competence of your primary teaching staff? Do you want to up-skill yourself or your primary teachers in the area of mathematics? Then this action research project is for you!

Over the course of four sessions throughout the year, teachers will engage with the mathematical big ideas and misconceptions around algebraic thinking, fractions, place value, decimals and mental computation with a focus on the Primary years Foundation to Year 6. Each of the four sessions will be facilitated by Associate Professor Tracey Muir and Doctor Carol Murphy from the University of Tasmania. Support will also be provided by ACARA Mathematic Curriculum leads Rachael Whitney-Smith and Anne-Marie Benson.

Teaching strategies, practical ideas and take away activities for the classroom will be provided, to assist teachers in developing their content and pedagogical understanding of mathematics. Diagnostic tools will be provided for teachers to extend mathematical impact outside of the session to their own context. Termly opportunities will also be provided for participants to share and reflect on their project through a linked networking community of practice interactive webinar session.

Teachers will leave each session with the necessary support, greater confidence and competence to plan, lead, deliver and reflect on a bespoke action research project within their own setting over the course of the year. All teachers completing the project will have access to and be supported 1:1 by Trudy Ward, Educational Consultant at IST during the year.

Session One

The foundations for algebraic thinking are laid in the primary school and are concerned with patterns and generalisations, rather than symbolic representations. In this workshop, we will unpack what it means to think algebraically and how this can be developed from F-6. We will look at the importance of pattern and structure, equals and equivalence and generalisation.

What you will learn

  • Focus area 1.2: Understand how students learn
  • Focus area 1.5: Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
  • Focus area 2.1: Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
  • Focus area 2.5: Literacy and numeracy strategies
  • Focus area 3.6: Evaluate and improve teaching programs
  • Focus area 6.3: Engage with colleagues and improve practice
  • Focus area 6.4: Apply professional learning and improve student learning
  • Focus area 7.4: Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Important information

Attendance at all sessions within the series of 4 is recommended.

Contact Trudy Ward for further information.

Terms and Conditions:

All participants are required to individually register to attend this session. If you do not register for the event you will not receive a certificate of attendance.

Registration Confirmation:

For any issues receiving your registration confirmation please check your spam/junk folder, for further assistance please email professionallearning@ist.tas.edu.au

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