Middle Leaders Day

We are hosting a middle leaders day for mathematics teachers in the Greater Wellington Region!

This day will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. The venue is Victoria University. A map of the venue and parking information will be provided closer to the time. This event is free to attend.

The PD will have 3 sessions, on various topics. Please see the session details below for more information. 

Please fill out the form using this link to show your expression of interest in attending this event. Please register by 1st of Decmeber for catering. 

Program for the day

8.30am: Registration 

9.00am: Presentation of WMA Life membership to Dr Robin Averill

9.15am: Keynote speaker 

10.45am: Morning tea* 

11.15am: Session 2

12:45pm: Lunch*

1.30pm: Session 3 

3.00pm: closing karakia 

*Morning tea and lunch will be provided. 

Sessions overview 

Keynote speaker: Robin Averill: Focussing in on learning and motivation to learn

Abstract: In this interactive session we will focus in on considerations and practical ideas for enhancing motivation for learning mathematics and statistics.

Bio: Robin is an experienced secondary mathematics teacher who has worked with student teachers and teachers, written resources and carried out research in mathematics education. Robin is particularly keen on students having enticing, energising, and powerful experiences of learning and achievement in mathematics and statistics.

Session 1: Christine Rubie-Davies: High expectations in teaching

Abstract: Christine will present her findings related to high expectation teaching. She will show that although expectations are not magical, there are three key principles that high expectation teachers enact which mean that all their students make large academic gains and have high levels of self-belief, motivation and engagement. The three key principles are: using mixed and flexible forms of grouping coupled with high level learning activities; goal setting based on skills coupled with clear feedback; and creating a warm, supportive class climate. Christine will present her experimental study that showed that when any teachers employ the three key principles in their classes, student achievement improves, and show how these findings have been applied at early childhood, primary and secondary sectors with positive benefits for students and teachers.

Bio: Christine Rubie-Davies is a Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. Her main research interests relate to teachers who have high expectations for all their students. Christine is interested in how their beliefs and practices increase or decrease expectation effects. She primarily focuses on teacher expectation effects for disadvantaged groups. Christine was a primary teacher for over 20 years before moving into an academic role. She has been researching teacher expectations for over two decades and is the world leader on high expectation teaching and teachers. Christine is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science.

Session 2: Matej Benes: Developing college-wide pedagogy for the numeracy co-requisite

Abstract: This PL session is about the journey that Derek Smith and Matej Benes took to professionally develop the whole college staff on the requirements of the Numeracy co- requisite and the ongoing work that is being carried out to implement Numeracy across all the Learning Areas of Paraparaumu College. Attendees will be provided with lots of resources and materials that we used to accomplish shifts in teaching practice. Hopefully this will be helpful for other schools on similar journeys.

Bio: Matej Benes is HOD Maths at Paraparaumu College