Thanks to everyone who made our  first  #AMAonline event happen. 342 teachers from across New Zealand and as far afield as the Cook Islands registered with around  60% joining on the day.

We did our best to record the sessions and have shared what we we captured on this page
The recordings can also be found on the AMA YouTube channel

If you attended a session we would love your feedback to help us plan for more of these online events



1. NCEA Changes, Where are we at Lauren Burr & Rob Mill, Ministry of Education

An update on the NCEA change package and what it means for teachers of mathematics and statistics.
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2. Balancing conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Vince Wright

The “mathematics wars” began in the 1960s and signalled a clash of philosophies. Should teaching of concepts come first, or should students be taught procedures first, in the belief that understanding would come later? The debate was never resolved but more recent research points to mutual ‘bootstrapping’ between conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. In the keynote I address how a balance of concept and procedure might influence our teaching of mathematics and statistics. Examples will come from across Years 1-10 so the ideas are relevant to teachers of students in that range.

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Vince has been a mathematics educator for 30 years with experience across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. He currently balances his efforts between content development for nzmaths, educational television, and consultancy for NZCER, The Ministry of Education, and The Catholic Education Office Melbourne.


NCEA stream

1A. NCEA: 3D printing Desmos designs – Creative assignments for calculus. Katy Thorne, Aquinas College

Open-ended tasks for 3.1 Conic Sections and 2.2 Graphs with a possible 3D printed outcome at the end. Creative chances to gather authentic evidence for assessment online. Lots of opportunities for whanaungatanga and fun to mark! (3D printing bit not essential to the tasks).
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2A. Online NCEA External assessment trials. Derek Smith, Kaiārahi,Networks of Expertise

2019 saw an online trial with Tables, Equations and Graphs, 2020 sees online trials for Level 2 Calculus and Level 3 Probability Distributions. This session will take you through the progress with these to date and an opportunity to share the rationale and ‘play’ with the web-tools being used.
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3A. Scholarship Calculus. Jamie Craik, Rangitoto College

An opportunity to share ideas for supporting scholarship candidates, especially when schools have not provided extra timetabled time or resources.
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Years 7-10 stream

1B. PrimeClimb & Python: Boardgame, Maths & Coding. Priscilla Allan, Glendowie Primary

PrimeClimb is a board game which uses colour to show prime factorisation in a visual way. This workshop will explore the presentation of “prime climb type” numbers using trinket and python. You will learn how to remix the code to create your own version. This task has been well received by year 6, 7 and 8 students. It is low entry (thinking about the numbers and colors) and high exit (learning to program in python, a widely used language).
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2B.  Moving Forward, how can we harness our lockdown learning? Robyn Headifen, Kaiārahi Networks of Expertise

After being thrown out of our comfort zones and hurled into the world of online learning, what are the opportunities for us to incorporate some of the digital tools and strategies we used over lockdown in our everyday practice to help students make sense of mathematics concept now that we can work in a planned and considered way. Robyn will share some of her learning and the learning of others to build engagement and sense making in the mathematics classroom.
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3B. Cross-curricular learning in Mathematics. Zac Rutledge, Thames High School

Over the last 3 years our school has transitioned from a traditional model to a cross-curricular model in the junior school. We also have three 90 minute lessons a day for the whole school. The transition has been very challenging, and we have done lots of learning along the way. It was a particularly difficult journey in the maths department and one we are still on. When we started, the only examples we saw were new schools with time to prepare and hand picked staff and I’m interested in sharing what that journey has been like for us as an existing school so that people, and in particular maths teachers and departments can learn from our success and failures.
I’m hoping to bring people together with their ideas and questions for discussion. With attitudes from “love it” to “hate it” in our school I’ve been in both camps at times, and in between for much of the way, so I’m not presenting it as a bed of roses but I am overall sure that this has been a positive move for our students and their mathematics learning.
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Years 0 to 8 stream

1C. Using a free data analysis tool – CODAP. Pip Arnold, Karekare Education

In this workshop participants will be encouraged to undertake statistical investigations using CODAP.
In preparation for the session participants should watch the following short YouTube presentations:

It would be ideal if you were to participate in the webinar on a laptop or similar where you can split your screen so you can be using CODAP and also viewing the webinar.
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2C. Linking Digital Technologies to mathematics. Tracey Pacheco, Blend Learning

This session will present links between, in particular the computational thinking strand of Digital Technologies within the technology curriculum area and the maths curriculum. We will look at how we can engage students with these strands and what it looks like in the everyday classroom, so we can integrate seamlessly.
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3C.  Maths Games and Number Sense Routines. Marie Hirst, Kaiārahi Networks of Expertise

Some fresh ideas to help develop fluency and reasoning in your class or learning at home. We shall explore some engaging activities that require minimal equipment and can be adapted across a range of year levels 0-8.
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