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Bevan Werry

Beven WerryBevan graduated with an MSc from Canterbury University and started teaching in 1961 and taught Mathematics in Christchurch, Auckland and in the Cook Islands. He joined the staff of the Christchurch Teachers College in 1967 and remained there until 1977. During his time he had a huge influence on many mathematics teachers who trained during these years and was held in high regard by them. In 1974 Bevan was a Fulbright Scholar, one of only four in that year.

In 1978 Bevan became Education Officer for Mathematics in New Zealand and moved to Wellington. In 1980 he wrote and published through NZCER a popular textbook ’Mathematics in NZ Secondary Schools”. His talents were quickly recognised by the Department of Education and he was appointed Assistant Director in 1984 and then Director of the Curriculum Development Division in 1986. This is a very important position in Education in New Zealand and one which carried great responsibility. In 1984 Bevan was the Australasian Coordinator for the UNESCO report on “Mathematics for All” at the fifth International Congress on Mathematical Education held in Adelaide.

Typically Bevan remained a very modest, quiet, generous man. He had talent in many areas. Not only was he an examiner in Mathematics but he was also an examiner in Russian for several years. He was an accomplished organist and an enthusiastic member of the Phoenix Choir.

Bevan was the Editor of the Mathematical Digest for 12 years. He took great pleasure in writing and assembling the magazine as he felt that it kept him in touch with students and teachers throughout New Zealand and Australia.

2013 Bevan Werry Speaker - Dillon Mayhew

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Dillon Dillan Mayherstudied mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington and Oxford University, and received his PhD in 2005. He works mainly in an area of mathematics called matroid theory. Matroids are abstract mathematical objects that can be though of as geometries with only a finite number of points.

He has been interested in mathematical outreach activities since 2007, when, in conjunction with Ian Smith of the Wellington Mathematics Association, he ran a series of sessions for high-school students from around the Wellington region. This series has now evolved into regular school visits. Topics discussed in recent years include knot theory, combinatorial games, and the law of large numbers.

Aside from mathematics, Dillon is interested in music. His first degree was in orchestral performance, and he still plays in Wellington orchestras from time to time.

Contact Dillon here for information on him speaking at your venue.


NAOMI INGRAM 2011 Bevan Werry Speaker

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NAOMI INGRAM 2011 Bevan Werry Winner

After a number of years teaching, Naomi was fortunate to be given the time and resources to stop and think for a while about students’ learning of mathematics. This thinking was in the form of PhD research that explored how students’ relationships with mathematics changed over their mathematical journeys. These relationships included students’ views about mathematics, their perceptions of their mathematical ability, their expectations, feelings, and the ways they engaged in the subject.

Naomi has already presented this research to a number of international academic audiences and received feedback. However, as a mathematics teacher herself, her thesis was written for teachers, and therefore she is honoured to be the Bevan Werry speaker for 2011-2012. At the NZAMT12 conference, Naomi presented her research and the thoughts she had about the experience. The plenary presentation centred on the findings of the research and the implications of these findings. The workshop was a combination of group discussion and activities related to the recommendations generated by the research.


Bevan Werry

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Biography of Patrick McEntee :Bevan Werry Speaker 2009-2011

I was educated at De La Salle College in Mangere, and graduated from The University of Auckland with a double major in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. After spells of teaching at Putaruru High School and Liston College in West Auckland, I moved with our young family to the sunny Hawke''s Bay, and have been a teacher at Havelock North High School for the past 22years.

I have taught both Calculus and/or Statistics and Modelling to Scholarship level just about every year I have been teaching, and have taught extension mathematics at Havelock for many, many years. During this time I have worked with many resources and developed a number myself. In 2008 I was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship to Australia, which enabled me to view the delivery of mathematics in Victoria and in South Australia. I was particularly interested in the use of technology in Australia, given that an aggressive attempt was being made to usher CAS into our junior school at about the same time. I was also saddened to see the extent to which our senior curriculum had dropped away in comparison to the one that operated in Australia.

On the local scene I am probably best known as a vehement critic of NCEA and of the people who promoted it. I remain implacably opposed to the introduction of CAS into our junior school, and am thrilled with the move away from its imminent implementation that occurred just recently. I certainly am not against change, but the people who pursue drastic change must be prepared to argue their case with conviction, and if their case is good enough, we will all be clambering on board. They must also realise that when persuasion has failed, some of us have been around too long, and have developed too much of a fondness for the subject to be bullied into adopting something we do not believe in.

I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed the Bevan Werry Speaker because I know I will get to meet many people who share my love for the subject and who wish to give their pupils the best possible experience in the subject.

Just recently I have written a number of problem-solving resources, many of which involve high level thinking. They include

* Divisibility properties
* Problem-solving with HCF/LCM
* Problem-solving with Graphs
* Problem-Solving  with Modulo Arithmetic.

I also have developed a number of resources for Scholarship Statistics and Modelling, and in recent years I have co-hosted Scholarship Calculus seminars for teachers with my HOD and long-time colleague, Mr Andrew Wright

I certainly would be prepared to share my thoughts with other teachers/pupils on any of the above topics/areas, or on any other topic of interest on our secondary curriculum.

I can be contacted by email or by phone 06-8760217 or 02102308240 or through NZAMT if that is more convenient.

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