ACSA Webinars
School & curriculum leadership 9

Dr Sarah Mathews, Head of Department (Maths), Brisbane Bayside State College

Leading mathematics curriculum teams to build a culture or mathematical mindsets

Wednesday 5 August 2020 7-8pm AEST

 Presenter bio

Students come to high school believing that they are either good at maths or not good at maths. However, all students can learn maths to a high standard. The brain research has identified that having a growth mindset increases brain activity, which improves learning. Students are often disengaged with maths because they cannot see the relevance or make the connections.

The session outlines how to build positive mathematical mindsets to improve outcomes by starting with changing teacher beliefs about student abilities and changing a deep practice of 'chalk and talk' of some maths teachers.

We have cast a mindset lens over the curriculum to provide opportunities for students to visualise and explore maths, make links and understand that maths is about creativity and problem solving. The innovative approach to curriculum delivery is allowing more students to engage in maths and believe they can do maths.


(from this link you will have the option to register for this session alone or more than one in this topic)

Why you should attend: 
Because every student deserves the opportunity to learn maths in an engaging environment and it should be relevant and allow creativity and problem solving. 
To learn about innovation with the maths curriculum.
Because we need a revolution in maths education.
To learn about cultural change with a group of high school teachers.

What you will learn:
Some brain science
Some maths
How to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the students whilst still meeting the demands of the Australian curriculum
How to change beliefs about students
How every student can learn maths to a high standard

AITSL Standards addressed: 
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
3.4 Select and use resources
4.1 Support student participation