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9:00am Plenary: Behind the Questions: What goes into CensusAtSchool’s questionnaire design?
Rachel Cunliffe, CensusAtSchool
All curriculum levels

Pull up your chair with a good cup of coffee and get a front-row seat as we pull back the curtains on how a CensusAtSchool questionnaire is put together. Why do some questions make the cut and others don’t? What are the types of (warm and friendly) debates that statisticians get into when designing questions? Enrich your understanding of this year’s CensusAtSchool questionnaire so you can lead deeper classroom discussions.

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Rachel Cunliffe is the co-director of CensusAtSchool New Zealand, an honorary academic and former lecturer of Statistics at the University of Auckland, and founder of web design studio cre8d design.
Rachel has been instrumental in the CensusAtSchool New Zealand project since its inception in 2003, now in its 10th edition. The project provides the perfect combination of her professional interests: data science, teaching, communications, technology, and web design.
Rachel lives in Kaukapakapa on a small farm with her husband and four primary school-aged children. She is currently writing a book about her experiences based on her youngest child having leukemia.


The litter Intelligence programme, Becky Taylor, Sustainable Coastlines, Litter Intelligence
All curriculum levels

Developed and led by charity Sustainable Coastlines, Litter Intelligence collects data, provides insights and inspires action for a litter-free Aotearoa. Launched in May 2018, the programme is funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund and works in close collaboration with Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation. As New Zealand’s first national litter database, Litter Intelligence is helping build a better understanding of the problem. To enable the ongoing collection of this litter data, Sustainable Coastlines is engaging with communities around Aotearoa, providing the training, equipment and technology required for people to take part in the programme as ‘Citizen Scientists’. By working to a United Nations Environment Program methodology, data is collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including the relevant Sustainable Development Goals. Our goal is to build a “fence at the top of the cliff” to help solve the litter problem long term, with a national litter education programme that inspires and enables educators and their students to take action aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum.

Litter Intelligence, data and information             Web quiz

Becky Taylor is a primary trained  teacher now working full time for Sustainable Coastlines as their Litter Intelligence Education Coordinator. She has a passion for education and is an avid ocean lover so her job is the perfect combination of both her passions!


Incorporating the history of mathematics into your classroom, Mala Nataraj, Selwyn College
All curriculum levels

In recent years there has been an increased emphasis on the importance of historical perspectives in mathematics teaching so that students can appreciate the role of mathematics in the development of our contemporary society. In this session we will look at some exciting ideas to make history come alive in the classroom. You will be able to take away some ideas and resources to use in the classroom. All are welcome!

Mala’s presentation slides and resources

Mala is a mathematics teacher at Selwyn College and a COL leader in the Te Ropu Pourewa Kahui Ako. She is passionate about mathematics and its teaching and learning. A Royal Society fellowship investigating Vedic mathematics led to a PhD in mathematics education incorporating ideas from Indian history. Mala continues to research and teach and her main interest is in the development of strategies to support learners’ algebraic thinking


Talkers are learners, Julia Crawford, Cognition Education
All curriculum levels

Have you heard: “The person who does the talking is often the person doing the learning”?
How can we set up routines to support meaningful student talk? Ideally, we want the students talking/discussing and even debating mathematical ideas and concepts. Let’s explore how to get everyone to contribute, to become active learners through powerful activities. I’ll share eight routines and many online sources of ready to use resources suitable for primary, intermediate, and secondary classrooms.

Julia’s slides

Julia is an experienced Mathematics and Statistics teacher with a passion for supporting teachers to make learning engaging and relevant for all. Julia is an accredited PLD facilitator with Cognition Education. She has expertise in improving pedagogy in mathematics and statistics, designing school wide programs with a focus on the transition between primary and secondary school, statistics teaching and learning, and NCEA assessment.

Who is doing the maths, the tech or the learner. Jared Hockly, Western Springs College | Ngā Puna o Waiōrea
Curiculum levels 5 to 8

Google, Wolfram Alpha, Spreadsheets, Desmos, Geogebra, Siri and PhotoMath can do so much maths. So in this modern landscape how do we teach our students to do mathematics when its so easy for students to find solutions with digital tools? In this workshop we will look at the influence technology has on mathematics, and the teaching and learning of it. I’ll summarise some research that can help us think about the role of technology and we’ll play with some tasks with technology at our side.

Jared’s Slides

Jared is HOD of mathematics and statistics at Western Spring College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. He is a member of AMA executive, and has completed his dissertation about digital tools in secondary mathematics education in 2020. We congratulate Jared on his gaining his Masters.



The Learning progression Frameworks. Jeanette Chapman, Otago Girls High School
Curriculum levels 3 to 5

Jeanette will be sharing Otago Girls High School’s journey in introducing using PACT to help track progress of our students. We will discuss both the highs and the lows of our journey.       The Big Ideas for mathematics

Jeanette has been HOD at Otago Girls High School for over ten years and been an active member of the Otago Mathematics Association.



Ideas for Matariki themed mathematics at curriculum levels one and two. Dr Pip Arnold, Karekare Education
Curriculum levels one & two

In this session Pip will share ideas for learning of mathematics built around celebrations of Matariki, the Māori New Year. The sessions provide meaningful contexts that highlight Māori culture and provide powerful learning opportunities for ākonga.

Link to slides for resources at other curriculum levels go to nzmaths

Pip is an accredited PLD facilitator and has a deep interest in mathematics and statistics education in particular: resource and curriculum development and across the curriculum integration. She has worked at all levels of the curriculum with much of her current work in years 1-8 and her teaching background in years 9-13.

Blended Learning in Mathematics: How NZ universities are changing due to Covid. Cami Sawyer, Ministry of Education

How do we engage students in learning mathematics in 2021? HS teachers know treating students as individuals and creating an ethic of care helps students break down barriers to learning maths, but how do we do this in universities? I will discuss how I have done this in an online, asynchronous environment; what I have found works and what doesn’t. Also what other changes are happening in universities, pre- and post-Covid and for the future? The NZ Maths Society Education group works to have conversations across universities and to engage with teachers. I will share opportunities for you to be involved.


Cami is in the process of moving from being a senior tutor at Massey University, where she recently received the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, to being our Learning Area Lead of Mathematics and Statistics at the Ministry of Education. Previously Cami was a secondary mathematics and statistics teacher in the Manawatū region. Before moving to NZ, Cami taught mathematics and statistics for 15 years in US Universities. She has been serving until recently as the convener of the NZ Mathematical Society Education Group.


Don’t leave home until you have seen nzmaths. Robyn Headifen,  Kaiarahi Networks of Expertise
Curriculum levels 1 to 5

While we find it valuable to connect with our global community, we often forget to look at what we have in our own backyard. In this session we will take a tour through nzmaths and discover some hidden gems along the way.
Robyn’s Weblink

 Robyn is an accredited PLD facilitator. She is passionate about helping students and teachers find the joy in learning mathematics and statistics. Robyn works collaboratively with teachers and leaders to improve learning for all students.


6 alternatives to textbooks. Rochellle Telfer, Whangarei Girls High School

The secret advantage maths has over other subjects is the pleasure students can have in solving problems.
This pleasure is lost between the pages of a textbook. I will share some of my favourite alternatives to textbooks.
You will have the opportunity to try activities. 


Rochelle’s Slides

Rochelle been at Whangarei Girls High School since the start of 2020 after 17 years at Tikipunga High School. She enjoys finding new ways to encourage students to collaborate in maths class and finding like minded teachers in the global maths community to share ideas with. Rochelle teaches kids.


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