On Wednesday 24th January around 50 staff from learning communities including Maitland Lutheran School, Vineyard Clare, St Johns Eudunda, Salisbury Kindergarten, Endeavour College and Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School engaged in learning focused on contemporary research-based strategies to support students engaging as mathematicians.
Areas explored included personal beliefs about learning mathematics and the impact these can have on how we engage learners and what current research is revealing about what helps and hinders learning.
The role of mindset and how teachers can promote a fixed or growth mindset and the impact this can have on learning was investigated. We also explored the research findings in relation to grouping and ways to engage students as professional colleagues using strategies such as thinking partnerships, cross pollination, Maths disputes and peer feedback.
After exploration of high challenge tasks and digital provocations, teachers worked in school groups to explore “What are our next steps?” and “What data do we need to explore?”
Collaborating with educators from early childhood through to middle – secondary school from rural and urban settings was inspiring.
We look forward to ongoing collaboration and inquiry as we support students to value learning mathematics “as God’s gift to people for their wonder, growth and to inspire them to respond to the needs of the world.” Growing Deep.
Education Leadership Director