NALA Numeracy Conference

NALA and the ‘Research in School & Education’ (RISE) Research Group, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin present:

Requirements for numeracy in the 21st century

A professional development event for adult numeracy practitioners and further education and training practitioners who want to learn more about numeracy

Synge Theatre, Arts Block, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin

Wednesday 30 May 2018 from 9.30am to 3.30pm

Agenda

9.15 Registration: Tea and coffee

9.45 Welcome

Damian Murchan, Head of School of Education, Trinity College Dublin

9.50 Opening remarks

Chairperson: Inez Bailey, CEO, NALA

10.00 Requirements for numeracy in the 21st century

Merrilyn Goos, Professor of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Director EPI STEM, National Centre for STEM Education, School of Education, University of Limerick

Note: Being numerate involves more than mastering basic mathematics, because numeracy connects the mathematics learned at school with out-of-school situations that additionally require problem solving, critical judgment, and making sense of the non-mathematical context. Poor numeracy has a devastating impact on young people’s life chances and on a nation’s economic and social fabric. But what does numeracy look like in the 21st century? To answer this question, Merrilyn’s presentation will draw on a 10 year research and development programme that developed strategies for embedding numeracy across the primary and secondary school curriculum. Merrilyn’s aim is to stimulate discussion about the meaning of numeracy in contexts that matter – whether this is school, home, work, or community and civic life.

11.00 NALA update

Inez Bailey, Chief Executive, NALA

11.10 Catering for a wide range of levels in the maths classroom: A primary teaching perspective

Seán Delaney, Registrar and lecturer in maths methods and teaching and learning, Marino Institute of Education

11.40 Questions and answers

11.50 Go to workshops

12.00 – 1.30 Workshops:

A. Numeracy requirements for the 21st century: An Irish context - Practical ideas and activities for teaching and learning – Bernie O’Donoghue, Maths Teacher, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Cork

B. Number Sense, multiples grid, money and change: New ways of teaching and learning - Tony Sweeney, Numeracy trainer

Note: This workshop will introduce number sense and pattern to carry out addition, subtraction and multiplication and will show a multiples grid system which is easy for learners to create and use to do division. It will present an innovative way of dealing with money and change using number sense and memory aids.

C. Using everyday objects and practical supports to work with adult learners returning to maths – Clare Hatcher, Adult Education Tutor, Cork ETB

D. Tips for teaching algebra at level 3 – Fiona Faulkner, Lecturer in Maths, Dublin Institute of Technology

E. Teaching for understanding: The reasons behind some key mathematical ‘rules’– Niamh O’Meara, Lecturer in Mathematics Education, EPI STEM, University of Limerick

Note:Teaching for conceptual understanding is critically important to promote interest and enhance student learning. This workshop will explore key mathematical concepts, such as multiplication of negative integers, the division of fractions, the mean of a set of numbers and look at ways that tutors can explain the procedure used when teaching this concept. Rather than solely looking at a rule or the procedure used, this workshop seeks to develop tutors understanding of the steps taken when faced with such mathematical concepts

F. Project Maths linked to adult numeracy – Kieran Sweeney, Regional Development Officer, Project Maths Development Team

G. Using technology in the numeracy classroom – Catherine Sweeney, Maths Teacher, Wesley College, Dublin

Note: Participants are asked to bring a laptop or ipad to this workshop

H. Problem posing: Creating and adapting mathematics problems in the numeracy classroom - Mark Prendergast, Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Trinity College Dublin

Note: In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on problem solving in the mathematics classroom. One of the key aspects of successful problem solving is the availability of suitable problems. These are not always readily available and it is often up to us as teachers to create and adapt problems to suit the needs of our students. This workshop will consider the skill of problem posing and create a space for numeracy practitioners to form and adapt interesting problems for their students.

1.30 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30 Workshops:

I. Numeracy requirements for the 21st century: An Irish context - Practical ideas and activities for teaching and learning – Bernie O’Donoghue, Maths Teacher, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Cork

J. Number Sense, multiples grid, money and change: New ways of teaching and learning - Tony Sweeney, Numeracy trainer

K. Using everyday objects and practical supports to work with adult learners returning to maths – Clare Hatcher, Adult Education Tutor, Cork ETB

L. Tips for teaching algebra at level 3 – Fiona Faulkner, Lecturer in Maths, Dublin Institute of Technology

M. Teaching for understanding: The reasons behind some key mathematical ‘rules’– Niamh O’Meara, Lecturer in Mathematics Education, EPI STEM, University of Limerick

N. Project Maths linked to adult numeracy – Kieran Sweeney, Regional Development Officer, Project Maths Development Team

O. Using technology in the numeracy classroom – Catherine Sweeney, Maths Teacher, Wesley College, Dublin

Note: Participants are asked to bring a laptop or ipad to this workshop

P. Problem posing: Creating and adapting mathematics problems in the numeracy classroom - Mark Prendergast, Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Trinity College Dublin

3.30 Close

Note on Merrilyn Goos: Merrilyn Goos is Professor of STEM Education at the University of Limerick, and Director of EPI*STEM – the National Centre for STEM Education. Previously she was Professor and Head of the School of Education at The University of Queensland. She has also worked as Professor of Mathematics Education at Loughborough University, UK. She is an internationally recognised mathematics educator whose research is well known for its strong focus on classroom practice. Her research interests include students’ mathematical thinking, the impact of digital technologies on mathematics learning and teaching, numeracy across the curriculum, and the professional learning of mathematics teachers.

She is currently Vice-President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction and Editor-in-Chief of Educational Studies in Mathematics, one of the leading research journals in mathematics education. She has also gained national recognition as a mathematics teacher educator, having won an Australian Award for University Teaching as the most outstanding teacher in the social sciences disciplines. She is the lead author of two teacher education textbooks on Teaching Secondary School Mathematics and Numeracy Across the Curriculum – the latter of which is due to be published later this year.

Registration fee:

The conference fee is €30 if your organisation is a NALA member, or you joined NALA as an individual member paying €25.

Otherwise, the conference fee is €60 if you are a member who joined NALA for free, or a non-member.

To join NALA click here. If the conference fee is difficult for you or your organisation, please contact Fergus Dolan in NALA at fdolan@nala.ie

Securing your place:

You can pay directly to NALA using online transfer of money, credit card, cash or postal order. Or, we can send an invoice to you or your organisation – just select this option on the booking form and let us know where you would like the invoice to be sent.

If you have not told us the person and organisation that we should invoice, we will send the invoice directly to you.

Cancellation policy: If you register for the event and cannot attend, please let us know. If you cancel without giving us two days’ notice, the full cost will be charged to you or your organisation.