Primary Mathematics Conference

Connecting big ideas in maths:
What, why and how?

Friday 22 June 2018
The Epping Club, Sydney

Anita will be speaking on:


How to build effective classroom practice

Session 2

10:00 am – 11:00 am

We know that pedagogy and mathematical content knowledge are two essential pillars when it comes to putting theory into practice.

In this 60-minute session, Anita will share:

  • What an effective K-6 mathematics classroom looks, sounds and feels like
  • Effective, evidence-informed practices of high-performing maths classrooms
  • The importance of pedagogical content knowledge AND mathematical content knowledge: the yin and yang of effective practice
  • Consistent daily maths routines including Daily Number Sense
  • Components of a five-part lesson structure
  • Strategies for strategic student seating
  • Asking good questions to differentiate instruction and engage all learners
  • Whole-school approach strategies for a consistent and timely approach to using equipment that is packaged in ‘classroom-friendly’ ways


What does a one-week learning sequence look like for place value concepts?

Session 4

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We understand the importance of a whole-school approach and the big ideas in mathematics, but how do we put theory into practice?

In this practical hands-on 60-minute session, Anita will walk you through an exploration of what a one-week sequence of learning might look like, including:

  • How to make sure the big ideas of maths underpin a conceptual understanding of place value concepts K-6
  • Connections to prior learning from several substrands
  • Strategies for explicitly embedding mathematical language
  • How to differentiate instruction during whole class instruction using one task
  • Selecting and using appropriate equipment to cater to the needs and abilities of all learners
  • Asking good open-ended questions
  • A sample unit of work


Assessment: Using open-ended questions to uncover disconnects and misconceptions

Session 5

2:25 pm – 3:00 pm

As teachers, one of our most challenging and important assessment skills is to be able to spot where student thinking has gone astray or where misconceptions have crept in. Effective open-ended questions allow us to assess students’ thinking and conceptual understanding and gain a deeper understanding of how they approach and solve problems.

In this 35-minute session Anita will share:

  • How to spot disconnects and misconceptions in student learning
  • Characteristics of a good open-ended question
  • Crafting open-ended questions for all ages and ability levels K-6

Anita Chin

Founder & Learning Strategist K-8
Anita Chin Mathematics Consultancy


A leading expert in Australian primary mathematics education, Anita works with schools across Australia to transform teachers into confident, inspired mathematics educators. With over 20 years’ experience in mathematics education K-12 she delivers a deep, whole-school understanding of the mathematics curriculum, along with innovative teaching techniques that inspire and delight.

Anita has a passion for hands-on activities that engage learners of all ages.

Anita is the founder of Anita Chin Mathematics Consultancy, which supports and inspires teachers through tailored workshops, demonstration lessons, team-based conferences and whole-school interactive learning frameworks. Through her work Anita takes primary educators on a journey of discovery, helping to build the next generation of deep mathematical thinkers.