Big Ideas in Number Developing Multiplicative Thinking Years 3 – 8

2 Day Program – Over 3 months

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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. Professor Dianne Siemon 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.

Teachers will:

  • 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 through the use of research-informed and evidence-based practices


Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn

Standard 2 – Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 5 – Assess, provide feedback and report on learning

Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning

2 Day Program – 8:45am – 3.45pm


Day 1 – Wednesday 4 March 2020 – The Tramsheds, Launceston

Day 2 – Tuesday 25 August 2020 The Tramsheds, Launceston


Day 1 – Friday 18 September 2020– Professional Learning Services, Hobart

Day 2 – Friday 30 October 2020 – Professional Learning Services, Hobart