Certificate of Middle Years Mathematics Education

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Saturday 9 February 2008
+ Wednesday evenings 13, 20, 27 February & 5, 12, 19 March

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“[I] have found the practical possibilities fantastic and have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the discussion generated.”
Maths Certificate Participant 2007

Program overview

The Certificate of Middle Years Mathematics Education aims to support primary and secondary school teachers in the implementation of the Mathematics K-6 Syllabus and the Mathematics Years 7-10 Syllabus and to develop teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning of mathematics with a focus on Years 5 to 8.

The program is composed of a full-day conference, followed by six evening seminars that focus on particular aspects of the new syllabi. Participants may choose to attend the conference alone, and / or any or all of the six seminars.

Each seminar will blend theory and practice and will include a summary of relevant research as well as syllabus implementation advice. Participants will be provided with readings for each seminar, and will be encouraged to reflect on their practice throughout the program.

Issues in middle schooling will be explored including engagement and motivation, transition, assessment and reporting, problem solving, technology, catering for diverse learning needs, and numeracy across the curriculum. There will also be a focus on content areas which have been identified as presenting a particular challenge to students, e.g, fractions and decimals, patterns and algebra, and chance and probability.

Academic Coordinator: Dr Judy Anderson

Proposed conference program

Saturday 9 February 2008 – Conference
9am Engagement and motivation
10am Transition from primary to secondary school
11am Morning Tea
11:30am Catering for the full range of students in the middle-years classroom
12:30pm Group discussions: Identifying issues in practice with implications for assessment and reporting
1:15pm Lunch
2pm Panel Session: Sharing experiences and planning for change
2:45pm Developing new approaches with new technologies
3:30pm Close

Workshop topics

Wednesday evening workshops 4:30–7:30pm
13 Feb Place value: Applying mental strategies
20 Feb Patterns and algebra: Using concrete materials
27 Feb Chance and probability: Focusing in real experiences
5 Mar Fractions and decimals: Making connections
12 Mar Technology: Developing problem-solving approaches
19 Mar Assessment and reporting: Consistency in teacher judgment

Fees and enrolment

Download (pdf, 373kB) the enrolment form.

This form contains a full fee schedule and details on how to enrol. If you have any difficulties please email .

Assessment and accreditation

Participants may choose to attend the conference alone, and or any or all of the six seminars.

However, to receive the Certificate of Middle Years Mathematics Education, attendance at the conference, all six evening seminars and active participation is required.

Completion of the full Certificate program and the successful submission of a Reflective Writing Task and a Professional Project Plan to implement and evaluate aspects of the Certificate may be credited as one Unit of Study towards the school's Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Education degrees. Please discuss this further with the Academic Coordinator, Dr Judy Anderson if you are interested.

Venue, parking and transport

Education Building - A35
Manning Road
The University of Sydney
Camperdown NSW

View the online map. The Education Building is located near the geographic centre of the campus just north of 'The Square' and next to the Manning Building.

Please find University of Sydney Camperdown campus parking information here.


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