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Hello from Ange Neale
I am Ange and I live in the Hunter Valley in NSW, Australia. I have been teaching for 25 years (darn...that's old!!!) mostly in Maths, Science, and Ag. I have big hopes for this course... mainly around how I can help my students equip themselves for learning, encourage them to take risks, reflect on what they are learning at a deep level, and how I can continue to improve in my own instruction. I would love ways to help my students appreciate the beauty within Maths and how Maths can help them make a better world for future generations. I don't really have anything quirky but the most important thing I do in my life is be a mum of four kids... who are now growing into young adults... which brings so much joy to my life. Looking forward to being challenged by you and working with my amazing colleagues on this journey over the next 12 months.
Thanks Ange, great to 'see' you again. Lots to gain here. Enjoy!
Hello from Deb Morton
My name is Deb after starting off as a high school Music Teacher I turned to the dark side and retrained in Maths - I've been teaching for 24 years, 19 of these in Maths. I live in NSW and am a learning Nerd who loves to find creative ways to reconstruct teaching in the Mathematics classroom so that even the lowest achievers "get it" and "remember it". Looking forward to seeing how this course will add more tools to my toolbelt.
That is a fabulous intro Deb. Music to maths eh? Have you tried playing ambient-style music in the background? Great that you love reconstructing maths teaching. I'm sure you'll gain a lot and have a lot to give as well. Enjoy!
Hello from Tom Sowden
Hi, my name is Tom and I have been teaching for 12 years. I live in the beautiful Hunter Valley in NSW (and fortunately I enjoy I nice glass of Shiraz). Im hoping to broaden the pedagogical practices I use to build student agency in my maths lessons. I am also keen to develop a culture of collaboration around pedagogy in my faculty. I taught myself to pour coffee latte art...maybe I should work on a Pi symbol or something as a signature. Thanks for reading!
Hi Tom, great to see you in here. A Shiraz man. Ah yes. Enjoy the PD and the Department-wide approach.
Hello from Joseph Stevens
My name is Joe Stevens. I'm in my fourth year as a full time teacher, living in Newcastle, NSW, and working out in the Hunter Valley. I'm looking forward to this PD because I think it aligns well with a push across our whole school to implement a "Learning Powered Approach" learning framework. I'm looking forward to getting some ideas from this course that fit into that space, but from a specific Maths approach.
Welcome aboard Joe. Yes, I'm confident everything in this PD can be reworded to fit into your "Learning Powered Approach". We could call it a 'Let's stop creating passive learners' approach. Or a 'Let's create active learners' approach. Or a 'Let's create agency in students' approach. I often call it an 'Understanding-first, Procedures-second' approach. The difference with this PD is it is maths-specific. Enjoy!
Hello from Ken Walkinshaw
Hi Ken here. I have been teaching for 17 years on the banks of the Mighty Murray river. I want to enable my students to engage with the content in Mathematics across all stages and develop a deeper understanding of mathematics. I want to become a Better Teacher, especially using new ideas and Technology to better effect.
Welcome aboard, Ken. I grew up downstream from you ' on the banks of the Mighty Murray river'!
Hello from Michelle Millar
Hi. I've been teaching in NSW since the eighties, so a long time. At the moment I'm in a private school on Sydney's North Shore. Looking for some fresh ideas and ways to work smarter. I started this course on the old platform then let it slip when it moved. I'm determined to complete it this time.
Welcome back, Michelle. Determination is a splendid thing! BTW, This version has had a 30 hr upgrade but it's all in the same order.
Hello from Heath Barlin
Hi, I'm in my 26th year of teaching but have only been teaching maths (Year 8) since 2018 so still consider myself new to it. I work in a secondary college on the Central Coast (with Angus and Jas).
Heath, I have no idea how I missed your comment. Welcome aboard.
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Understanding & Agency in Mathematics