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THE ORB

The Orb is an online multimedia resource developed by The Department of Education Tasmania. The resource provides teachers with a wide range of materials to assist in the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It is an innovative approach to supporting teacher practice and is available globally online. The resource has three sections: Living Cultures, Layers of Time, and Connection to Place. It is a culturally responsive resource that reflects local values and knowledge.

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MAKE IT COUNT

The resources developed by Make It Count will help schools working at the intersection of Indigenous education and mathematics education. Resources include tools for collecting data, units of learning designed by our creative and innovative educators, and professional reading.

 

INTERACTIVE NUMERACIES

Interactive Numeracies is full of Maths situations in everyday Indigenous family and community life.

A resource for year 3 to TAFE learners.

The seven problem-solving tasks are the tip of the iceberg – teachers can take the learning as deep as their students want to go. The Interactive Numeracies resource is full of numeracy situations translated to the mathematics classroom.

The seven tasks from the resource are Footy trip, $20 Round off, Chrissy combo, BBQ burnout, Pack a box, Maths Most, and Checkout Challenge.

Download the seven tasks.

The Handbook discusses topics such as: what is numeracy, a numerate student, contextual teaching strategies around family organization, shopping, and socializing.

9 DAYS OF MATHS IN THE KIMBERLEY

A blog is written by Caty Morris and Sue Thomas during a trip to the Kimberley

FOOTY TRIP

A set of lessons based on Footy trip from the Interactive numeracies resource.

Conference Resources
ATSIMA CONFERENCE 2018

  • Papers – ‘Starting the Revolution’
  • Presentations – ‘Starting the Revolution’
  • The conference delegates worked through ideas for the development of an Indigenous mathematics curriculum. An outline of the emerging themes that will help form a basis for an Indigenous mathematics curriculum/pedagogy.

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ATSIMA Conference 2016

  • Presentations – ‘Value us Value our education Value our future’

ATSIMA CONFERENCE 2014

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AAMT SPECIAL INTEREST CONFERENCE 2012

  • 5 x tip sheets were developed from the AAMT Special Interest Conference, Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners in 2012.

Articles

Prof. Chris Matthews has been writing a series of articles for the Teacher Magazine.

Indigenous perspectives in mathematics education

The first article Indigenous perspectives in mathematics education, Chris explores the foundation of mathematics from an Indigenous perspective and discusses the concept of two-ways learning to achieve meaningful education outcomes for Indigenous students.

Indigenous perspectives in maths: Understanding Gurruṯu

The second article Indigenous perspectives in maths: Understanding Gurruṯu takes a closer look at Yolŋu mathematics and the interconnected relationships of Gurruṯu.

Mathematics education in North East Arnhem Land

The third article Mathematics education in North East Arnhem Land shares how mathematics is taught to students at Yirrkala School with a balance of western and Indigenous knowledge.

Videos
Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 4

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 4 Workshop

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.

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 3

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 3 Keynote

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.

 

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 1

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 1 Introduction

Presenters – Prof. Chris Matthews and Dr Caty Morris
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.

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 2

Online Learning Series 2022 – Session 2 Panel

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. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY

Cultural Perspectives In Maths

CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN MATHS

Chris defines what culture means to him and explains why it’s important to embrace different cultural perspectives in maths education.

 

What Is Culture

WHAT IS CULTURE

As Chris explains, when you teach from different cultural perspectives, it allows you to ‘open up the classroom’ and encourage students to consider how their own cultural lenses affect how they approach mathematics. He also demonstrates the knock-on effects cultural influences can have on maths education.

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Full video available to ATSIMA members.

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WHAT IS MATHEMATICS

WHAT IS MATHEMATICS

Chris explains how understanding the role cultural bias plays within mathematics gives you an opportunity to teach maths differently. The aim is to help you incorporate the diverse strengths and learning styles of your students to make maths more relevant, which is ultimately what creates an effective maths classroom.

Preview video available to everyone.

Full video available to ATSIMA members.

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THE GOOMPI MODEL

THE GOOMPI MODEL

Chris explains The Goompi Model which supports the teaching and learning of mathematics for students while also supporting their cultural identity. It connects mathematics with culture.

INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN MATHS

INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN MATHS

Chris explores the connections between mathematics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures.

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Full video available to ATSIMA members.

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MATHS AS STORYTELLING

MATHS AS STORYTELLING

Chris looks at the process of Maths as Storytelling.

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Full video available to ATSIMA members.

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LINEAR EQUATIONS

LINEAR EQUATIONS

Chris explores a way of transforming the teaching and learning of linear equations using The Goompi Model. This approach allows students to create their own growing patterns for a given linear equation.

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SINE WAVES

SINE WAVES

Chris briefly explores the purpose of Aboriginal kinship systems and connects this to the teaching and learning of trigonometry.

ABORIGINAL STEM SUMMIT

Prof. Chris Matthews delivers an online presentation for the Aboriginal STEM summit.

  Mathematics Through Kinship Systems

Access the presentation here.

A NEW WAY TO LEARN MATH

SBS News reports Adelaide Students Discover A New Way to Learn Maths. In one classroom, maths is being taught in a new and interesting way. See SBS News article here.

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Prof. Chris Matthews’ keynote address (parts 1 & 2) Aboriginal Education Conference, Adelaide, August 2018.

Teaching Culture = Deep Mathematical Learning

Through a cultural lens, Prof. Chris unpacks the Goompi Model and explores different ways to teach mathematics based on creativity and self expression.

FINDING TERRA NULLIUS

Prof. Chris Matthews presents the Hanna Neumann Memorial Lecture 2011 at the AAMT-MERGA Conference 2011.

Finding Terra Nullius – A Personal Journey in Mathematics Education

FOLLOW UP INTERVIEW WITH DR CHRIS MATTHEWS

This is a follow up interview with Prof. Chris Matthews after the Hanna Neumann Lecture at the AAMT-MERGA Conference in Alice Springs in 2011.

Media
LISTEN TO DR CHRIS MATTHEWS
LISTEN TO DR CHRIS MATTHEWS

“Our knowledge does connect to mathematics” : How the understanding of Cultural connectivity is being used to teach mathematics.

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ATSIMA Vision - All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be successful in mathematics.
ATSIMA Vision - All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be successful in mathematics.
Teaching Resources

The Orb is an online multimedia resource developed by The Department of Education Tasmania. The resource provides teachers with a wide range of materials to assist in the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It is an innovative approach to supporting teacher practice and is available globally online. The resource has three sections: Living Cultures, Layers of Time, and Connection to Place. It is a culturally responsive resource that reflects local values and knowledge.

The resources developed by Make It Count will help schools working at the intersection of Indigenous education and mathematics education. Resources include tools for collecting data, units of learning designed by our creative and innovative educators, and professional reading.

5 x tip sheets to improving maths outcomes of Aboriginal students

These 5 x tip sheets were developed from the AAMT Special Interest Conference, Numeracy, mathematics, and Indigenous learners we ran in 2012 and can be downloaded from the Make it count website.

Interactive Numeracies is full of Maths situations in everyday Indigenous family and community life.

A resource for year 3 to TAFE learners.

The seven problem-solving tasks are the tip of the iceberg – teachers can take the learning as deep as their students want to go. The Interactive Numeracies resource is full of numeracy situations translated to the mathematics classroom.

The seven tasks from the resource are Footy trip, $20 Round off, Chrissy combo, BBQ burnout, Pack a box, Maths Most, and Checkout Challenge.

Download the seven tasks.

The Handbook discusses topics such as: what is numeracy, a numerate student, contextual teaching strategies around family organization, shopping, and socializing.

Download Interactive Numeracies Handbook (PDF 3.97MB).

Professional learning relating to the resource is available along with all seven of the tasks.

A blog is written by Caty Morris and Sue Thomas during a trip to the Kimberley
A set of lessons based on Footy trip from the Interactive numeracies resource.
Teaching Resources
The Orb

The Orb is an online multimedia resource developed by The Department of Education Tasmania. The resource provides teachers with a wide range of materials to assist in the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal Histories and Cultures. It is an innovative approach to supporting teacher practice and is available globally online. The resource has three sections: Living Cultures, Layers of Time, and Connection to Place. It is a culturally responsive resource that reflects local values and knowledge.

Make it Count

The resources developed by Make It Count will help schools working at the intersection of Indigenous education and mathematics education. Resources include tools for collecting data, units of learning designed by our creative and innovative educators, and professional reading.

Interactive numeracies

Maths situations in everyday Indigenous family and community life.

A resource for year 3 to TAFE learners.

A resource for Years 3 – TAFE. The problem-solving tasks are the tip of the iceberg – teachers can take the learning as deep as their students want to go. The Interactive Numeracies resource is full of numeracy situations translated to the mathematics classroom. Discusses topics such as: what is numeracy, a numerate student, contextual teaching strategies around family organization, shopping, and socializing.

Download Interactive Numeracies Handbook (PDF 3.97MB).

The seven tasks from the resource are Footy trip, $20 Round off, Chrissy combo, BBQ burnout, Pack a box, Maths Most, and Checkout Challenge.

Professional learning relating to the resource is available along with all seven of the tasks.

5 x tip sheets to improving math outcomes of Aboriginal students.

These 5 x tip sheets were developed from the AAMT Special Interest Conference, Numeracy, mathematics, and Indigenous learners we ran in 2012 and can be downloaded from the Make it count website.

9 days of maths in the Kimberley

A blog is written by Caty Morris and Sue Thomas during a trip to the Kimberley

Footy Trip and numeracy circles

A set of lessons based on Footy trip from the Interactive numeracies resource.

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The first article Indigenous perspectives in mathematics education, Chris explores the foundation of mathematics from an Indigenous perspective and discusses the concept of two-ways learning to achieve meaningful education outcomes for Indigenous students.

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The third article Mathematics education in North East Arnhem Land shares how mathematics is taught to students at Yirrkala School with a balance of western and Indigenous knowledge.
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Chris defines what culture means to him and explains why it’s important to embrace different cultural perspectives in maths education.
As Chris explains, when you teach from different cultural perspectives, it allows you to ‘open up the classroom’ and encourage students to consider how their own cultural lenses affect how they approach mathematics. He also demonstrates the knock-on effects cultural influences can have on maths education.
Chris explains how understanding the role cultural bias plays within mathematics gives you an opportunity to teach maths differently. The aim is to help you incorporate the diverse strengths and learning styles of your students to make maths more relevant, which is ultimately what creates an effective maths classroom.
Chris explains The Goompi Model which supports the teaching and learning of mathematics for students while also supporting their cultural identity. It connects mathematics with culture.
Chris explores the connections between mathematics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures.
Chris looks at the process of Maths as Storytelling.
Chris explores a way of transforming the teaching and learning of linear equations using The Goompi Model. This approach allows students to create their own growing patterns for a given linear equation.
Chris briefly explores the purpose of Aboriginal kinship systems and connects this to the teaching and learning of trigonometry.

Prof. Chris Matthews delivers an online presentation for the Aboriginal STEM summit.

  Mathematics Through Kinship Systems

Access the presentation here.

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SBS News reports Adelaide Students Discover A New Way to Learn Maths. In one classroom, maths is being taught in a new and interesting way. See SBS News article here.

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Part 1    |   Part 2

Prof. Chris Matthews' keynote address (parts 1 & 2) Aboriginal Education Conference, Adelaide, August 2018.

Teaching Culture = Deep Mathematical Learning

Through a cultural lens, Prof. Chris unpacks the Goompi Model and explores different ways to teach mathematics based on creativity and self expression.

Prof. Chris Matthews presents the Hanna Neumann Memorial Lecture 2011 at the AAMT-MERGA Conference 2011.

Finding Terra Nullius - A Personal Journey in Mathematics Education

Conference Resources
ATSIMA Conference 2018 ATSIMA Conference 2016
  • Presentations - 'Value us Value our education Value our future'
ATSIMA Conference 2014
'Creating Connections & Growing Understanding' AAMT Special Interest Conference 2012
  • 5 x tip sheets were developed from the AAMT Special Interest Conference, Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners in 2012.
Articles

Prof. Chris Matthews has been writing a series of articles for the Teacher Magazine.

The first article Indigenous perspectives in mathematics education, Chris explores the foundation of mathematics from an Indigenous perspective and discusses the concept of two-ways learning to achieve meaningful education outcomes for Indigenous students.

The second article Indigenous perspectives in maths: Understanding Gurruṯu takes a closer look at Yolŋu mathematics and the interconnected relationships of Gurruṯu.

The third article Mathematics education in North East Arnhem Land shares how mathematics is taught to students at Yirrkala School with a balance of western and Indigenous knowledge.

Videos
Prof. Chris Matthews recently delivered an online presentation for the Aboriginal STEM summit Mathematics Through Kinship Systems. You can access the presentation here.
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Adelaide Students Discover A New Way to Learn Maths ... In one classroom maths is being taught in a new and interesting way.
WATCH VIDEO
Dr Chris Matthews keynote address (part 1 & 2) Aboriginal Education Conference, Adelaide, August 2018.
Teaching Culture = Deep Mathematical Learning
Through a cultural lens Dr Chris unpacks the Goompi Model and explores different ways to teach mathematics based on creativity and self expression.
WATCH PART 1
WATCH PART 2
Dr Chris Matthews - Finding Terra Nullius - A Personal Journey In Mathematics Education - Presentation of the Hanna Neumann Memorial Lecture 2011 at the AAMT-MERGA Conference 2011.
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This is a follow up interview with Dr Chris Matthews after the Hanna Neumann Lecture at the AAMT-MERGA Conference in Alice Springs.
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Changing our mindsets on how we see maths to enable children's curiosity: Dr Chris Matthews
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Media

"Our knowledge does connect to mathematics" : How the understanding of Cultural connectivity is being used to teach mathematics.

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A website highlighting the works of Indigenous Mathematicians including Native American Mathematicians and Pacific Islander Mathematicians, Native Hawaiian Mathematicians, and Chamorro Mathematicians.

October 2020, Black Heroes of Mathematics Meeting. This playlist will host recordings from the Meeting. The meeting is supported by Institute of Mathematics and its applications (IMA), London Mathematical Society (LMS), British Society for the History of Mathematics.

Media

Listen to Dr Chris Matthews

"Our knowledge does connect to mathematics": How the understanding of Cultural connectivity is being used to teach maths.