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
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?
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
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
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.