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Mathematics Proficiencies - holding our maths curriculum together

12th Mar 2020
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Community Hub at the Dock
Tram: route 48 and Route 11 (stop D18).
This stop is within the 'Free tram zone' connecting Southern Cross Station and the city.
Train: Southern Cross station is ~500 meters walk to the Hub.
Car: There are a limited number of metered parking spaces in the area, primarily along Bourke and Collins streets.
There is no parking within the immediate vicinity of the Hub 912 Collins Street DOCKLANDS VIC 3008
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Dr Paul Swan will explore the four proficiencies, resources, activities and connections including literacy across this full day professional learning session.

Kilpatrick et al (2001: 129) speak of reasoning as the glue that holds the curriculum together. Paul will use examples from the different content areas and different year levels to illustrate the key features of reasoning proficiency that glue the curriculum together. He will also address the arguments that we don’t have enough time to teach reasoning and that reasoning is only for the “smart” students.

Fluency is one of the four proficiency strands. Paul will examine one part of fluency – basic number facts. There are around 400 basic number facts that students need to learn. Paul will provide a succinct plan for teaching these facts. The link between the understanding proficiency strand will be made clear as well as the role of a basic set of mental strategies. 

Practical suggestions for improving student use of mathematical language will be provided. Ideas for incorporating a whole school approach to the developing of mathematical literacies will be shared.

Dr Paul Swan:

Dr Paul Swan is an award winning author, acclaimed speaker and workshop presenter and developer of games and materials to support students to learn mathematics. He is an Honorary Life member of the Mathematical Association of WA and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders (ACEL). He was awarded his PhD for his work identifying the Computational Choices of Upper primary and lower secondary students.

This event is Proudly sponsored by: Knowledge Builder



Registrations close 5th March 2020

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