Big Ideas in Number Years 3 – 8: Moving beyond Place Value to Multiplicative Thinking

Learning Focus
Literacy and Numeracy
Start Date
21 Jun, 2022
Enrol by
7 Jun, 2022
Program Description

Multiplicative thinking is recognised as one of the most important and most difficult mathematical concepts for learners to develop. It is built on a robust understanding of place value and trusting the count.

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 knowledge of Place Value and use this as a springboard into developing their Multiplicative Thinking.

Teachers will be introduced to key assessment tools such as those used in the Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years Project (SNMY) and how these tools and others can support classroom practice.

Program Outcomes

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

  • be able to support learners as they build understanding of place value and how to deliberately use the language of place value to develop mental computation strategies
  • understand what multiplicative thinking is; how it is developed; and how it differs from additive thinking
  • become proficient in 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.
Australian Professional Standards


  • Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn
  • Standard 2 – Know content and how to teach it
  • Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
  • Standard 5 – Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
  • Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning


  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
Location, Date & Time

2 Day Program – 9:00am – 3:30pm

North – Tramsheds, Launceston

  • Day 1 – Friday 18 March 2022  (CANCELLED due to COVID-19) 
  • Day 1 – Friday 17 June 2022
  • Day 2 – Friday 2 September 2022

South – Blundstone Arena, Bellerive

  • Day 1 – Tuesday 22 March 2022 (CANCELLED due to COVID-19) 
  • Day 1 -Tuesday 21 June 2022
  • Day 2 – Tuesday 6 September 2022