2017 Exploring strategies for teaching Spatial Sense and Geometric Reasoning  Fri 22 Sep 2017


Closing date for registrations is : 20/09/2017

Cancellation fee: $30 if cancelled after 20/09/2017.


Some people say that you either are or are not born with spatial sense. This simply is not true! Meaningful experiences with shape and spatial relationships, when provided consistently over time, can and do, develop spatial sense. Good teachers of geometry provide problems that assist students to investigate properties of shapes whilst developing critical thinking and spatial reasoning. Professor Simone Reinhold, Dr Sharyn Livy and Dr Ann Downton will explore these ideas as part of a full day workshop for primary teachers.

Participants will:

  • Explore ways to engage students in geometric reasoning
  • Illustrate approaches that are used to develop students’ imagery and visualisation skills

Simone an expert in the field of geometry is a visiting scholar from the University of Leipzig, Germany. Sharyn and Ann are both lecturers from Monash University and will also share their research and classroom experiences of using challenging tasks related to geometric reasoning. Simone will engage participants by exploring current primary mathematics teaching and learning relating to geometric conceptual knowledge, spatial structuring and geometric reasoning. During the workshop participants will engage in a selection of tasks related to paper folding, drawing, constructing, tiling, and use of mirrors. Discussion will include links to the Victorian Curriculum, mathematics, and ways to adapt tasks to provide opportunities for all students to engage in rich mathematical experiences.

About the Presenters

Professor Simone Reinhold

Professor Simone Reinhold is the Dean of the Institute of Primary Teaching Mathematics in the Faculty of Education at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Simone’s research focus is in the development of current mathematics teaching concepts and insights for teaching children of primary school age; mainly comprising geometry, dealing with geometrical concept knowledge, spatial structuring, and mental rotation. Simone is project leader of three current research projects, one relating to young children’s (4 to 6 years old) exploration of three-dimensional cubes; another relating to geometric conceptual understanding of children (8-12 years old) associated with cubes and blocks in constructive work environments; and the third relating to the diagnostic competence and strategies of pre-service teachers.

Dr Ann Downton

Dr Ann Downton is a Lecturer in undergraduate and post-graduate early childhood and primary mathematics education courses in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her research interests centre on how students construct their mathematical knowledge, in particular their development of multiplicative thinking (the focus of her doctoral studies); how teachers challenge students mathematical thinking; mathematics planning for instruction, and assessment practices. Ann was very proud to be a member of the Early Numeracy Research Project team that received the 2011 MERGA Research Award “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mathematics education research.” Ann continues to work with schools in a professional learning capacity and in the classroom to support teacher’s pedagogical practices. Ann has been a member of the Mathematical Association of Victoria for more than 30 years, during which time she has served on Council and as a member of the Annual Conference committee.

Dr Sharyn Livy

Dr Sharyn Livy is a lecturer of early years and primary mathematics education in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Sharyn’s research interests include engaging learners, use of rich tasks and geometric reasoning. Prior to working at Monash, Sharyn was a mathematics consultant for MAV.


Event Venue: Mathematical Association of Victoria


MAV ABN: 34 004 892 755

Pricing 1 Day 2 Day
Member Cost (Inc GST) $192
Non Member Cost (Inc GST) $240


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