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The Famous PMA Seminar Day - Primary Mathematics Association

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A date for your diary - the Primary Mathematics Association (Auckland) One Day Seminar is to be held on the 24 March 2018 at Waipuna Conference Centre.

The theme is 'Where is Maths Heading?'

Keynote speaker Dr Fiona Ell (University of Auckland). A range of practical, hands-on workshops to enhance your understanding of maths and classroom practices.


In 2017 our theme is "25 years, Celebrating Maths" and we are delighted to have Shelley Dole as our keynote speaker"

Shelley Dole is an educator and mathematics education researcher. Over the 25 years she has been in education, she has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary teaching institutions throughout Australia. Her research interests include mathematics curriculum change and innovation; learning difficulties, misconceptions and conceptual change associated with learning mathematics; and particularly rational number topics of ratio and percent and the development of proportional reasoning and multiplicative structures.

Shelley has led two major Australian Research Council projects focusing on numeracy across the curriculum and the development of proportional reasoning, with teachers and schools in Queensland and South Australia. She has been involved in several major research projects in Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia including middle years literacy and numeracy; early years literacy and numeracy and distance education; mental computation, number sense and invented algorithms; teaching and learning percent in the middle school; basic facts in the early years, as well as teacher professional development projects.

In 2009, Shelley won a University of Queensland Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2010 was the recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching. She is currently on the Register of Experts in Higher Education for the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and a research assessor for the ARC and OLT.

Keynote: "Making big mathematical ideas accessible to all learners" (Shelley Dole)

Big mathematics ideas take time to develop. Helping children develop meaningful mathematics knowledge requires rich learning experiences that actively engage them in thinking and reasoning. Educational psychologist Jerome Bruner (1915-2016) theorised that any learner at any age is capable of learning any material so long as it is packaged and delivered in an organised way. Bruner also suggested that structuring learning experiences that progress through a sequence of enactive (doing) to iconic (physical/diagrammatic) to symbolic representation supports connected knowledge and understanding. Both these ideas have major implications for designing mathematics instruction. Drawing on these notions, examples of classroom activities that immerse learners in the big ideas of mathematics despite their starting level knowledge, are presented. All activities are designed to promote and build proportional reasoning, a big idea that threads throughout the school mathematics curriculum. Examples for early learners, primary and middle school learners will be presented, and potential adaptations described.

To view the workshops offered at the 2017 PMA Seminar day, open the seminar day booklet.

To book, please click onto the PMA Registration form