Maths on the minds of students
Horsham district maths teachers will have the opportunity to take a deeper understanding of mathematics ‘big ideas’ back to their classrooms following an education conference.
The Mathematical Association of Victoria will run a Mathematics Education Conference at Horsham West and Haven Primary School on August 2. The conference will feature five presenters and more than 20 hands-on workshops focused on developing creative and critical thinking in the classroom.
Chief executive Peter Saffin said the conference was a great opportunity for teachers to build and enhance maths education across the region.
Horsham West and Haven Primary School students were in on the mathematics action early with a line-up of numeracy activities last week.
Teacher Helene Mason said the week included dice, board games, and ‘favourite number’ themed days.
She said the aim was to encourage families to appreciate the use of mathematics in everyday life and provide a fun learning environment for children to develop their mathematical skills.
The school newsletter featured a problemsolving competition for students, and ‘World of Maths’ sessions ran throughout the week.
“The World of Maths sessions involved lots of problem solving while also focusing on building soft skills like collaboration, resilience and risk taking,” Mrs Mason said.
“Through a series of games, children are introduced to many maths concepts that they will encounter not only in school, but in the real world.”