Content covered in our PD days
Developing a whole school approach to Place Value
Ange Rogers completed her PhD looking at place value understanding in Years 2-6. She developed an assessment tool for place value and created an evidence-based developmental progression to describe how students come to learn this critical concept. She is an expert in the teaching and learning of place value and has developed and implemented her whole school approach in many schools. This workshop explores common student misconceptions in place value and suggests ways teachers may overcome these. It also looks at useful teaching resources to support the teaching of place value.
Bern and Ange have made sure this is a very practical workshop that will allow teachers to build a much deeper understanding of place value teaching across the primary school.
Developing a whole school approach to Mental Computation:Addition and Subtraction
Ange and Bern developed and implemented a whole school approach to mental computation: Addition and Subtraction over 10 years ago at the school they worked in together. Through their continued work in schools they have refined and improved their program and Bern continues to successfully use this program in her current school.
In this session they will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers to develop an in-depth knowledge of the teaching and learning of addition and subtraction mental computation strategies from F-6. This will include an abundance of practical ideas on how to build confident and competent students with mental computation skills, including how to extend students in Years 3-6. They will also show teachers practical ways to ensure these strategies permeate all mathematics topics. Assessment and record keeping ideas will be provided, along with quality resources. All of this knowledge will provide teachers with the ability to develop a coherent, structured, whole school approach to mental computation in their schools.
Developing a whole school approach to Mental Computation:Multiplication and Division
After successfully setting up a whole school approach to mental computation: Addition and Subtraction in their school, Ange and Bern moved on to developing and implementing a whole school approach to Multiplication and Division. Bern has now taken this approach to her current school and has continued to refine and improve the program.
In this workshop, Ange and Bern will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers and numeracy leaders to develop an in-depth knowledge of the teaching and learning of multiplication and division mental computation strategies from Years 2-6. This will include lots of practical ideas on how to build confident and competent students with multiplication and division mental computation skills. They will also suggest ways teachers can ensure these strategies permeate all mathematics topics. As well, the girls will discuss assessment and record keeping ideas and present many quality resources. All of this knowledge will provide teachers with the ability to develop a coherent, structured, whole school approach to the teaching of multiplication and division in their schools.
Developing a whole school approach to Problem Solving: Using a Growth Mindset
Bern completed her PhD focusing on aspects of growth mindset, problem solving and using an inquiry learning approach to develop deep thinkers. This day draws directly on Bern’s research and experience.
During this workshop Ange and Bern will examine the conditions required to support students to develop a growth mindset and how this is essential to developing successful learners. They focus on the learning actions students need to apply to effectively problem solve in mathematics and explore the teaching of challenging tasks. They show teachers and leaders ways to make tasks accessible to all learners by developing enabling and extending prompts. Ange and Bern also take teachers through a protocol which models successful classroom routines for working on challenging tasks with a class. The day looks at the importance of using these approaches throughout your school and practical ways teachers might implement them with their staff and colleagues.
Developing a whole school approach to Fractions & Decimals
Fractions and Decimals are one of the most challenging areas of the mathematics curriculum for many students and teachers- but it doesn’t have to be this way! Ange and Bern have developed this day to share their knowledge on the current research associated with the teaching and learning of fractions and decimals. They will look at how to introduce a whole school approach to this content area, with a particular focus on the understanding behind fractions and decimals. Common misconceptions and areas of difficulty will be explored in-depth, with suggestions on how to overcome these. Assessment tools will also be explored. Teachers and leaders will leave with an abundance of practical ideas on how to best teach fractions and decimals in their school.
Developing a whole school approach to Coding in Mathematics
Coding is the newest addition to the Mathematics Curriculum, as a result teachers and numeracy leaders are looking for practical ways to implement a whole school approach to coding. Ange and Bern have been trying many different coding resources and activities in schools and are excited to share their knowledge in this area. They will begin by looking at the curriculum requirements of coding and how teachers can address these requirements in their mathematics classrooms. Bern and Ange have designed this day to be extremely hands-on and practical. Teachers will get to try and observe a large range of resources in action. The girls have selected these resources as they are highly engaging and address the curriculum requirements of coding. Teachers will leave this session with a solid understanding of how each resource works and will therefore be able to determine which ones might best suit their school environment.