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Course Description

Mathematics is a language. It has a syntax and grammar of its own. Too often when our students struggle it is not with the mechanics of the arithmetic but in understanding the language of the question.

In this course I will look at how we as teachers can explicitly teach the language used in and related to mathematics. 

I will look at routines and activities that are quick and easy to embed into your lessons that will develop students’ familiarity, confidence and use of mathematical vocabulary. These routines will also empower students to freely express their thinking so they can share with others.

I will show you how to:

  • conduct a number talk

  • craft and conduct number strings 

  • use context to help build fact fluency

  • change the language you use in the classroom

  • use Math Language Routines and Intentional Talk

  • how this all links with the Australian Curriculum Proficiencies

Together we will explore how to embed the use of language in the classroom, making it a noisy but productive environment.

Make Maths Noisy!


This course is for all teachers of mathematics with a particular emphasis on those teaching Years 5 – 10

Teaching Standards

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies:  Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking

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$1250 + GST - Team Enrolment

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Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Talking Maths - How to Make Maths Noisy! will contribute 4 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing Standard Descriptors 2.5.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Meet the Presenter

    • Introduction

    • Course Rationale, Outline and Learning Objectives

    • AITSL Proficiency Standards

  • 2

    Module 2 - Number Talks

    • What is a Number Talk?

    • Why do a Number Talk?

    • Reflection Task - Present teaching

    • Number Talk Routine Explanation

    • Number Talk Routine

    • Hand Signals

    • Expectations

    • Reflection Task - Knowledge of number talks

    • A Number Talk with a Year 10 class

    • Reflection Task - Year 10 video

    • Number Talks - Takeaways from the Video

    • NT video explanation

  • 3

    Module 3 - Dot Talks and Number Strings

    • Dot Talks

    • Jo Teaching a Dot Card Number Talk

    • Reflection Task - Jo Boaler video

    • Dot Talks - Takeaways from the Video

    • Building Fact Fluency and Recognition of Relationships

    • Using a Number or Dot Talk to Teach Specific Strategies

    • Reflection Task - Foundation level video

    • Number Strings

  • 4

    Module 4 - Crafting Discussions

    • Structuring Talk

    • Intentional Talk

    • Intentional Talk - Open Sharing

    • Intentional Talk - Targeted Discussions

    • Intentional Talk - Compare and Connect

    • Intentional Talk - Why? Let’s Justify

    • Intentional Talk - What is best and why?

    • Intentional Talk - Define and Clarify

    • Intentional Talk - Troubleshoot and Revise

    • Reflection Task - Planning classroom discussions

  • 5

    Module 5 - Language in Mathematics

    • Math Language Routines

    • MLR - Design Principles

    • MLR - The Eight Routines

    • Reflection Task - Using MLRs

  • 6

    Module 6 - Variations on Number Talks and other Discussion Prompts

    • Variations on the Number Talk Theme

    • Numberless Word Problems

    • Numberless Word Problem - Example

    • Reflection Task - Numberless word problems

    • Other Variations

    • Reflection Task - Variations on the theme

  • 7

    Module 7 - Connection to the Australian Curriculum

    • Connection to the Australian Curriculum (and NSW)

    • Proficiency - Understanding

    • Proficiency - Fluency

    • Proficiency - Problem-Solving

    • Proficiency - Reasoning

    • Proficiency - Communicating (NSW)

    • Reflection Task - Connections to the curriculum

  • 8

    Module 8 - Going virtual

    • Going Virtual

    • Reflection Task - Going virtual

  • 9

    Module 9 - Conclusion

    • Takeaways

    • Reflection - Conclusion

    • Resources

    • References

  • 10

    Course Feedback

    • Feedback


Vicky Kennard

Vicky Kennard

I am an experienced mathematics consultant and curriculum writer, having worked in mathematics education for over 25 years. I have worked from F - 12 in Australia and the UK. I am skilled in curriculum development, lesson/unit planning, teacher professional development, presenting and public speaking. I have worked across Australia in all school sectors and worked with them to improve student outcomes and motivate and enthuse teachers to enjoy delivering their maths lessons. I am passionate about mathematics and aim to inspire teachers and students to love it too.

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