Designing for Learning in Mathematics and Numeracy

This 60-minute session will introduce important ideas in planning for learning in mathematics and numeracy, drawn from leading international research. A particular focus will be the use of carefully designed variation to enable students to notice similarity and difference. It is suitable for teachers of Years 3 to 6.

  • Date: Tuesday 5th October
  • Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm AEST 
  • Register
  • Free 

Completion of this free professional development, you can gain further skills and enrol in the Designing for Learning in Mathematics and Numeracy 12 month course

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 

  • 1.2 Understand how students learn
  • 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
  • 2.2 Content selection and organisation
  • 2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
  • 3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
  • 3.3 Use teaching strategies
  • 3.4 Select and use resources
  • 3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
  • 5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning
  • 5.4 Interpret student data
  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
  • 6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
  • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities


Dr Steve Thornton is a mathematics education lecturer, consultant and researcher. He has wide experience as a teacher of mathematics, as a researcher in mathematics education, as leader of national professional development programs for the Australian Mathematics Trust and the Australian Academy of Science, and as a consultant and critical friend to numerous mathematics education projects. Most recently Steve was Executive Director of the highly regarded reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project conducted by the Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, developing exemplary teaching and professional learning resources and recruiting and training a cohort of more than 300 Champion teachers.

Steve is a Life Member of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and has been awarded a B.H.Neumann medal for excellence in Australian mathematics education. Steve holds B.Sc. (Hons) and Grad. Dip. T. degrees from the University of Adelaide; and a Ph. D. from the Australian National University.

Dr Virginia Kinnear is a Lecturer in Education (Mathematics Education) at Deakin University. She has teaching and leadership experience as an early childhood educator in both prior-to-school and school settings, and as a University lecturer in mathematics and early years at universities in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

Prior to working in education, Virginia was a government solicitor working  in both criminal and civil practice. Virginia’s initial education qualification and teaching experience was in early years Montessori education (3-6 years) which she gained while living in the USA. In addition to her law and Montessori qualifications, Virginia also holds a BEd. (Early Childhood) from the University of South Australia and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology where she researched young children’s statistical learning and reasoning.