School­teach­ers put maths in gala fo­cus

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Pil­bara teach­ers met late last month on a first-time mis­sion to make math­e­mat­ics more fun for lo­cal stu­dents.

Sixty-six teach­ers from schools in Kar­ratha, Wick­ham, Roe­bourne, Pan­na­won­ica, and Onslow con­vened at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 for the in­au­gu­ral Scitech Kar­ratha Maths Gala.

The day in­volved hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ses­sions by Scitech and maths ed­u­ca­tors in­clud­ing Back to Front Maths au­thor Tier­ney Kennedy, Math­e­mat­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of WA im­ple­men­ta­tion of­fi­cer Rachael Whit­ney-Smith, and Scitech rep­re­sen­ta­tives Shyam Drury and Steve Grant.

Kar­ratha Math­e­mat­ics Net­work leader and Peg’s Creek Pri­mary School deputy prin­ci­pal Lisa Camp­bell said the event al­lowed Pil­bara teach­ers to get on the same page to im­prove maths classes for lo­cal stu­dents.

“The Math­e­mat­ics Net­work iden­ti­fied some sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas in math­e­mat­ics teach­ing we wanted to tar­get for our teach­ers,” Ms Camp­bell said. “(Scitech was) able to bring to­gether all of the el­e­ments we needed for teach­ers and fam­i­lies.”

The teach­ers fin­ished the day with a fam­ily af­ter­noon of maths games to boost chil­dren’s and par­ents’ con­fi­dence in ap­ply­ing math­e­mat­i­cal ideas.

Scitech pro­fes­sional learn­ing con­sul­tant Mr Grant said par­ents were a key part of young­sters’ maths ed­u­ca­tion.

“Par­ents play a vi­tal role in mak­ing maths mean­ing­ful out­side the class­room, and the con­ver­sa­tions they have with their chil­dren make what they are learn­ing rel­e­vant and valu­able,” he said.

The gala was part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Scitech and Pil­bara schools, sup­ported by Scitech, Chevron Aus­tralia and the State Gov­ern­ment, which pro­vides Pil­bara teacher sup­port pro­grams for STEM ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Drury said Scitech planned to make the gala an an­nual event in Kar­ratha.

Pic­ture: Scitech

Back to Front Maths au­thor Tier­ney Kennedy leads Pil­bara maths teach­ers in a work­shop at the Scitech Kar­ratha Maths Gala.

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