Keynote - Learning from children

Summary

Learning and teaching mathematics fascinates me and I know that some of the important things I have learned have come from children. In this session, I will share some stories that are memorable to me to illustrate ways in which children’s ideas and actions have left indelible imprints on my thinking, inspired me to be a better teacher, and amazed me with their insights.
As a teaching profession, I think we share our practice through our narratives. Maybe in some cases the stories are apocryphal but those I will recount are real and come from classrooms. I will connect each story to a research project, a professional development initiative or a kind invitation to problem-solve with children. The power of these stories is to highlight socio-cultural issues in mathematics education, equity and access issues, theoretical perspectives, and the personal qualities of young mathematicians. In particular, children have reminded me of the curiosity, creativity, persistence and knowledge that they can bring to the pursuit of mathematics. My reflections serve as one example of the ways in which teachers, and teacher educators, learn with children. I hope that participation in this session will prompt teachers to consider their experiences and how they have been learning from children.

Presenters
Jill Cheeseman

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
A-02 05/12/2019 09:00 am 10:00 am La Trobe University Bundoora
174

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