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Algebra in a new light for primary teachers is a Course

Algebra in a new light for primary teachers

Starts Aug 20, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Friday 21 August 2020, 9.30am to 3.30pm


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are Foundation to Year 6 teacher interested in a new approach to algebraic thinking


Many people’s perception of algebra is of a difficult, abstract topic taught at secondary school. In this one-day seminar, participants experience a very different approach to developing primary students’ algebraic thinking and right from a young age. The focus is on engaging students with hands-on activities that stimulate their creativity and help them notice and express algebraic ideas.

Key takeaways                

  • understanding the key big ideas in the Victorian Curriculum for Algebra levels Foundation to Year 6
  • strategies to use familiar, hands-on materials in creative ways for developing primary students’ algebraic thinking
  • learning activity ideas suitable for lower, middle and upper primary levels

Presenter information

Dr Karina Wilkie               

Dr Karina Wilkie has taught mathematics across the full range of year levels, from Preparatory to Year 12, spanning 20 years in Australia and England. For the past nine years, she has been researching effective approaches for teaching and learning algebra, middle school students’ engagement, and more recently, ways to encourage argumentation opportunities in mathematics. Currently an academic in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Karina also teaches primary and secondary mathematics pre-service teachers, school mathematics leaders, and PhD students.