Primary Mathematics Conference leads the way in critical and creative thinking

Date: 3 July 2018

At the end of term 2, 2018, MAV held its second ever Primary Mathematics Education Conference. The event was an outstanding success with an increased number of delegates in 2018 responding very positively about the engaging and high-quality sessions. The conference is a collaboration between MAV and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), at The University of Melbourne. Speakers are hand-picked and showcase the work of both MAV and MGSE Mathematics Education Group, linking research to practice and providing schools with resources and ideas to go and implement immediately. This year the theme was ‘Critical and Creative thinking in the Mathematics Classroom’, and speakers really brought this to life.

The two day event caters for maths leaders on day 1, and teachers on day 2. Teachers with all levels of experience attended. The event is designed to grow the confidence and expertise in teaching primary mathematics regardless of experience. The sharing of ideas, and networking opportunities set this event apart. Also in attendance were a number of staff from Victorian The Department of Education and Training, including those from the STEM unit and a number of Maths and Science Specialists. Representatives of VCAA also attended. Various interstate guests also returned to enjoy a second year of engaging workshops.

This year there was a dedicated Early Years stream, which focussed delegates who were interested in this area on issues directly relevant to them. This was great value add for delegates. Further highlights includesDr Paul Swangiving a practical and engaging keynote day 1, while Felicity Furey engaged day 2 delegates in her keynote on why developing critical and creative thinking early in the primary years is so important for our students’ career success in STEM fields.

ED STATE DET logoMAV would like to thanks the staff of Melbourne Graduate School of Education for their partnership in delivering this event. MAV also thanks the DET as the Major Sponsor for their support in making this event such a success.

What did attendees say about this event?

  • Excellent presenters who provide outstanding resources and willingly share their knowledge.
  • Engaging and practical sessions and resources.
  • It was a worthwhile conference to meet and listen to the knowledge and expertise of presenters and colleagues.
    The conference provided an excellent forum to learn about and discuss current, research based information. It provided a range of workshops led by knowledgeable and approachable presenters. I was able to walk away excited about sharing some new ideas and resources with colleagues.

Conference presentations are available at the Conference webpage.

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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