Critical and Creative Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom

MAV and The University of Melbourne Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education:

The Victorian Curriculum states that ‘The Critical and Creative Thinking capability focuses on the development of increasingly complex and sophisticated processes of thinking’. The knowledge and skills required for Critical and Creative Thinking must be explicitly taught if students are to develop and apply the skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking in mathematics.

Join us in 2018 to investigate Critical and Creative Thinking, focusing on:

  • questions and questioning for deep learning
  • rich tasks, challenging tasks and inquiry based learning
  • reasoning and metacognition
  • digital technologies
  • early childhood; 4 year old to Year 2 conference stream
 

Major SponsorThe Education State | Victoria State Government | Education and Training

Supporting Partners

   ACER  Essential Assessment
Mangahigh Logo matific Learning System
For mathematics education leaders   For primary school teachers
Friday 22 June, 2018   Saturday 23 June, 2018

Mathematics leaders and those with an interest in mathematics education leadership within primary schools including Principals, Deputy Principals, Numeracy Leaders, Academics, Vic DET, VCAA and others.

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This day is designed for primary teachers regardless of experience level. Sessions will build your confidence and develop your professional ability as a primary mathematics teacher in a supportive, hands-on and engaging series of workshops.

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This truly collaborative event is hosted at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne and includes high-quality presenters and a variety of session options. Learn from leaders with practical and educational research experience, from The Mathematical Association of Victoria and Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Download the conference flier or the extended program

For mathematics education leaders. Friday 22 June 2018. Click for details

Join us to explore what mathematics leadership looks like. Increasing critical and creative thinking is an Education State Target, how are you leading your improvement in this area? Sessions will provide practical advice to lead change in your own school context.

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Session Presenters Title
Registration: 8:30am-9am
Opening: 9am-9:15am
Keynote 1
9:15am–10:15am
Paul Swan A: The Jabberwocky of Mathematics

Keynote Sponsor

The Education State | Victoria State Government | Education and Training

Morning tea and networking: 10:15am–10:45am
Workshop rotation 1
10:50am–11:50am      
Max Stephens B1: Key ideas for teaching and learning algorithmic thinking
Duncan Symons B2: Using online mathematical problem solving to develop and assess critical thinking
Kate Copping B3: The use of non-examples to promote critical thinking in the early years
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Phillip Clarkson B4: Language: It is always there
Joanne Blannin B5: Digital feedback technologies for mathematical questioning
Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden B6: Embedding creative and critical thinking for continuous and sustainable learning
Dan Cloney, Jen Jackson and Ross Turner B7: Learning progression for pre-school children and measuring early mathematics ability
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Workshop rotation 2
11:55am–12.55pm      
Paul Swan and David Dunstan C1: Using tasks to encourage mathematical dialogue
Cath Pearn C2: Developing or adapting assessment tasks to reveal critical and creative thinking
Dan Jazby C3: Critical communication in primary mathematics
Nadia Walker C4: 'Leadership content knowledge': What do leaders need to know?
Scott Cameron and Carmel Mesiti C5: Digital technologies in rich and challenging tasks
Derek Holton C6: What does ‘3 + 4 x 5’ mean? Or BOMorDAorS
Cathy Tan C7: Using tablets for deep mathematical learning in early childhood education
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Lunch and networking: 12:55pm–1:45pm
Workshop rotation 3
1.45pm–2:45pm     
Roger Wander D1: Using Geogebra© technology in primary mathematics classrooms to extend creative thinking
Sara McKee D2: Metacognitive pedagogical strategies to support critical thinking
Max Stephens D3: Key ideas for teaching and learning algorithmic thinking
Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden D4: Embedding creative and critical thinking for continuous and sustainable learning
Meredith Begg D5: If a picture speaks a thousand words, what might one mathematical symbol say?
Parian Madanipour D6: Using spatial language and gesture in dance to promote early spatial thinking
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Keynote 2
2:50pm–3:50pm
Joanne Blannin E: Critical thinking, coding and algorithmic thinking

Keynote Sponsor
Essential Assessment
F: Drinks, nibbles and networking: 3:50pm–4:30pm

For primary school teachers. Saturday 23 June, 2018. Click for details

Do you find teaching mathematics a challenge and need support? Or are you looking to find some great new ideas to engage students? Join us to explore mathematics education, teaching and learning, with a focus on critical and creative thinking. Build your confidence and gain practical ideas to implement in your classroom.

 Register here 
Session Presenters Title
 Registration: 8:30am-9am
 Opening: 9am-9:15am
Keynote 1
9:15am–10:15am
Felicity Furey A: Why we need critical and creative thinking in industry: developing skills early for
STEM and engineering

Keynote Sponsor

The Education State | Victoria State Government | Education and Training

Morning tea and networking: 10:15am–10:45am 
Workshop rotation 1
10:50am–11:50am      
Duncan Symons and Max Stephens B1: How BeeBot and Sphero can foster critical and creative thinking in primary classrooms
Scott Cameron and Carmel Mesiti B2: Digital technologies in Rich and challenging tasks
Philip Clarkson B3: Strategy games and mathematics: Exploring core aspects of mathematics
Kate Copping B4: The use of non-examples to promote critical thinking in the early years
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Derek Holton B5: Now what would Erdős say?
Dan Jazby B6: Critical communication in primary mathematics
Dan Cloney and Jen Bowden B7: Learning progression for pre-school children and measuring early mathematics ability
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Workshop rotation 2
11:55am–12:55pm      
Joanne Blannin C1: Digital feedback technologies for mathematical questioning
Catherine Pearn & Max Stephens C2: Using fraction questions to reveal critical and creative thinking
Meredith Begg C3: Teacher Day: If a picture speaks a thousand words, what might one mathematical symbol say?
Jen Bowden C4: Continuing creative and critical thinking into mathematics in the early years classroom
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Ellen Corovic C5: Making conjectures using critical and creative thinking in a context-based classroom
James Russo C6: SURF Maths
Cathy Tan C7: Using tablets for deep mathematical learning in early childhood education
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Lunch and networking: 12:55pm–1:45pm
Workshop rotation 3
1:45pm–2:45pm     
Roger Wander D1: Using Geogebra© technology in primary mathematics classrooms to extend creative thinking
Sara McKee D2: Metacognitive pedagogical strategies to support critical thinking
Ellen Corovic D3: Asking the right questions
Michael Bairstow D4: Moving towards more open and challenging tasks
Parian Madanipour D5: Using spatial language and gesture in dance to promote early spatial thinking
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Rachel Pollitt D6: Spatial reasoning in early childhood education
(Early childhood - Year 2 conference stream)
Keynote 2
2:50pm–3:50pm
Wee Tiong Seah E: When creativity meets creativity in the Australian multicultural maths classroom

Keynote Sponsor
ACER
F: Drinks, nibbles and networking: 3:50pm–4:30pm

Download the conference flier or the extended program

 

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Peter Batchelor

Peter is the Webmaster of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. A long, long time ago he was a Primary teacher and then taught computer subjects and Mathematics to Year 10 before becoming a lecturer at RMIT and then working with subject associations to develop their web presence.

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