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Where is the ‘Sweet Spot’ in Mathematics Instruction?

September 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm


A two-day program with Kelvin Sparks, designed to help teachers and school leaders develop an understanding of what the latest brain research means for teaching and learning mathematics.

A recent McKinsey analysis of the 2016 PISA data on Science learning concluded that a blend of teacher-directed and inquiry-based instruction achieved the best learning outcomes.  McKinsey called this the ‘sweet spot’. So, where is the sweet spot in teaching and learning Mathematics? 

This workshop explores the conceptual nature of mathematics and the role of both teacher-directed and inquiry-based learning in helping students reach deep understanding of the powerful set of coherent and connected ideas that constitute mathematics. 

What these approaches look like in the mathematics classroom is a central feature of the workshops and participants will experience directly specific strategies for deeper learning of mathematics.

AiTSL standards addressed in this workshop:

1.2.3  Highly Accomplished Standard – Understand how students learn
2.1.3  Highly Accomplished Standard – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
6.2.3 Highly Accomplished Standard – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.3.3 Highly Accomplished Standard – Engage with colleagues and improve practice

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September 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am
September 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm


Kelvin Sparks


The Hartley Institute
54 Capper Street
Kent Town , South Australia Australia
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