Mathematical Association of SA Conference Reports
The Mathematical Association of SA Conference was held at St Peter’s College on the 26 & 27 April 2018.
Teachers sponsored by the Teachers Registration Board to participate in the conference were asked to provide the Board with reports detailing their conference experience.
You can read the conference reports below:
“In conclusion, this theme of engagement combined with the three workshops I attended made an impact on both my thinking and about my approach to teaching. My challenge will be to chart maths lesson that I deliver to focus on a problem, application of technology, identification of tools needed to solve the problem and to combine these in a manner such that it engages and motivates students to see relevance and significance – metacognition.”
“The other part of the value in attending this conference was the ability to converse with many other enthusiastic mathematics teachers. Morning tea if effect became another session and at lunchtime the table puzzles delightful challenges and a spark for interaction with others. It also allowed me to network and make contacts, hopefully leading to more secure employment.”
“I will challenge myself and my colleagues to move their mathematics teaching practices towards the latest best practices, as outlined in each of the sessions reviewed above. One of my goals since entering the profession has been to try to keep mathematics as fun as possible. I know that when my class is working together on solving problems and logic puzzles and are sometimes noisy and boisterous they can appear, to the outsider, not to be learning. I realise that the goal of engagement and excitement about mathematics is more important that a quiet ordered classroom. I now have more tools and confidence to try to hold the line on this approach to mathematics as a curriculum area of vital importance.”
“Professor Roberts delivered and outstanding presentation, in which he outlined two major developments that have occurred since the turn of the century; the first major development has been the emergence of ‘big data’ in fields such as natural sciences and economics. The second major development has been ubiquitous computing, where students now have smartphones, powerful handheld computing devices, which now means that learning can occur anywhere, anytime.”
“The first session for me was "Critical and Creative Thinking in Mathematics" by Sheree Arnold and was the highlight for me in regards to shaping practices and forming engaging lessons in maths. The turnout for the session was over capacity and was obviously a point of interest to many teachers. Sheree discussed and provided examples of using problem based learning approaches as a way to introduced new topics and bridge gap between critical thinking and creative thinking through analysing problems and creatively improving solutions to the problem.”