Big Ideas in Number: Developing Multiplicative Thinking Years 3 – 8

Learning Focus
Quality Teaching
Start Date
21 Sep, 2021
Enrol by
16 Feb, 2021
Program Description

Multiplicative thinking is recognised as one of the most important and also most difficult mathematical concepts for learners to develop. It is built on a robust understanding of place value, trusting the count and the capacity to deal with composite groups. Learners need to experience the many situations that use multiplicative relationships.

The presenter, Emeritus Professor Dianne Siemon (RMIT) is an acknowledged national expert in children’s development of Number. Over this two-day spaced program, participants will be exposed to the latest research informed and evidence-based practices that develop a child’s multiplicative understanding and be guided as to how to incorporate these practices into their classrooms.

Program Outcomes

As a result of engaging in this program, participants will:

  • ¬†understand what multiplicative thinking is, how it is developed, and how it differs from additive thinking
  • ¬†become proficient is using assessment tools developed through research and use the results of these to inform future teaching
  • build curricula knowledge in mathematics and understand the progression of learning in relation to this aspect of Number
  • increase their pedagogical content knowledge using research-informed and evidence-based practices.
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Standard 2 – Know content and how to teach it

Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 5 – Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning


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Location, Date & Time

1 Day Program

North – Tramsheds, Launceston

Friday 17 September 2021

South – Professional Learning Institute, Glenorchy

Tuesday 21 September 2021