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Teaching Culture = Deep Learning

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Session 1

In this introductory session to ATSIMA’s 2022 Learning Series, Chris Matthews and Caty Morris introduce the new 90+ content elaborations in the revised Australian Curriculum: Mathematics that support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority. These elaborations tell narratives across the year levels and strands of the maths curriculum and are based on 9 rich First Nations Australian contexts. Through the elaborations, these cultural contexts provide a wealth of maths situations that connect to the mandatory part of the AC:M and offer valuable opportunities for educators to contextualise or localise learning.

Session 2


Panel Members – Renee Songoro and Dr Jared Field
This Panel session will be chaired by ATSIMA’s Prof. Chris Matthews who will have a yarn with Renee Songoro, Saibai Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait), Daru and Hisiu woman, maths and science teacher and Dr Jared Field, Gamilaraay mari, mathematician and academic at the University of Melbourne. Renee and Jared will share their stories as a First Nations Australian mathematician and/or mathematics educator, and how this experience can shape the teaching and learning of mathematics. 

Session 3 - Presenter – Kenneth Dawson


In this keynote session, Kenneth Dawson will draw on his experience as an education leader who advocates the teaching and learning of mathematics (and other learning areas) in connection to Gooniyandi Country, language and family.

Session 4 - Presenters – Dr Caty Morris and Kelsey Bonds


Presenter 1 – KELSEY BONDS Community Engagement Manager at Indigenous Mapping Workshop Australia. In Kelsey’s presentation, she will discuss the different industries represented among their Indigenous Mapping Workshop network as well as examples of how and why they have used geospatial technology to map country. Presenter 2 – CATY MORRIS Project Manager, ATSIMA. Building on the Introductory Session to this Online Learning Series, Caty takes a deeper dive into the 9 rich First Nations contexts that underpin the new content elaborations in the revised Australian Curriculum: Mathematics with examples from the classroom. This new content tells narratives through the year levels and across the maths strands, connecting back to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority.

Session 5 -Presenters – Jessica Lawson and Shane Hunt, Heathmont College and Rebecca McIntyre, Coonamble Public School


Presentation 1 – Jessica Lawson and Shane Hunt – Educators, Heathmont College VIC.
Shane & Jess showcase their fabulous maths resource in statistical reasoning. Based around knowledge from the local Kulin Nation and a counting system, the Wurundjeri seasons, and when to go eel trapping. This Toyota funded ATSIMA resource incorporates latest content from the Australian Curriculum.Presentation 2 – Rebecca McIntyre – Educator, Coonamble Public School NSW.Rebecca presents on the amazing place value lessons the school developed through their ATSIMA project where they used the local Castlereagh river and yabbying as their visual representation and context for learning, knowing that students would be able to easily make cultural connections with the teaching learning process.

Session 6 - Presenter – Prof. Chris Matthews – ATSIMA


In the final session of the online series, Chris will be presenting on behalf of the team at Moree East Public School who are part of an ATSIMA professional learning project funded by the NSW Education Department across Connected Community Schools. The presentation will give a brief introduction to the Goompi Model and outline how the model shaped the professional learning program using place value as an example. Chris will then explore how the team at Moree East Public School brought these ideas into the classroom which culminated into students creating their own representations of place value.