OMG! Oceania MathsJam Gathering is back
Oceania MathsJam Gathering (OMG for short) is an annual weekend get-together for like-minded maths enthusiasts to discuss interests, share maths puzzles, games, insights, ideas, network and generally have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. We welcome all abilities and backgrounds, regular MathsJam attendees, teachers, recreational puzzlers, and professionals. In short, anyone who enjoys maths! It’s also a good professional development opportunity for teachers.
At the gathering, attendees are invited to give an informal 5 minute talk about an area of interest. These are given in scheduled blocks over the weekend, interspersed with activities, and opportunities to share (maths, crafts, hobbies, games, curios areas of interest) in a more social setting. The gathering also features a keynote talk. Check out the programme for OMG21, or see our archives from the 2019 OMG to get an idea of what we get up to.
The Ernest Duncan Award for Teaching Mathematics
Time Series Advice with COVID19 Issues in Datasets
This document, released by the NZSA Educational Committee, aims to guide teachers about what to do when time series are dusrupted by events that go outside the assumptions that our analysis is based on. A conclusion is that disrupted series are good for learning and statistical thinking, but are not good for assessment. Teachers, when assessing, need to avoid them.
Women's Leadership Schloarships Available
The evaluation and closure reports for both the digital mathematics and statistics trials last year have been published on the NZQA website:
One year to go until NZAMT17, our Biennial Mathematics Conference in New Plymouth
October 12 - 14, 2021 at New Plymouth Boys' High School. Start planning for this now - all information that is currently available is here.
Keep this website bookmarked as it will be updated regularly from this point onwards.
Maths Week is a major event that is held each year, having been first held in 1998. Sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, a number of resources are written and made available to teachers and students in Years 1 – 11.
The aims of Maths Week are:
to encourage students’ interest in mathematics and statistics
to give teachers resources that they can use in the classroom, particularly material that requires some research and which may not be readily available to them, or that can be used electronically in class
to show the pleasure that mathematics can provide and some of the everyday places where mathematics and statistics can be used
to give teachers material that can provide extension.
Maths Week 2021 will be held between Monday 9 August and Friday 13 August.
Presently, schools are preparing for 2021. Schools may wish to include Maths Week in their planning.
More information will be made available in mid-2021.
Michelle Dalrymple 2019 Prime Minister's Science Teacher Award Winner!
Kinetic Kiwi Competition
The KineticKiwi competition is a platform for you to explore and showcase your passion for learning by creating a video about a science, mathematics, technology or social science topic you’ve learnt about at school.
You can decide what you want to make; maybe you want to show everyone how that enzymes topic isn’t as difficult as they think it is, or perhaps you have some tips that make kinematics problems less scary —any of your contributions can help others!
Networks of Expertise Website
The Networks of Expertise website has recently been launched. This is a site that will be a hub of information including regional news, contacts.
Also, it is a hub of support around COVID-19 and moving to online teaching and learning.
Follow the link here
Problem Challenge - for Years 7 and 8
Problem Challenge is a mathematics problem solving competition aimed primarily at children in years 7 and 8. It is organised by John Curran and John Shanks, retired members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago, with extensive secretarial help from Leanne Kirk, also of that Department.
Follow this link for more information: https://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/pc/
All five sets are held on Thursdays. The dates for 2020 are as follows:
Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Final Challenge 30 April 28 May 25 June 23 July 20 August 22 October
Online Learning Webinar
Follow this link to see a webinar on Moving Teaching Online. This was put together by the Canterbury Mathematics Association in conjunction with Think elearning due to the COVID-19 situation many schools are currenty faced with.
Senior Mathematics Competition
We are very sorry to announce that the 2020 Senior Mathematics Competition has been cancelled at this stage. Given the current situation globally, we feel that this competition cannot take place. We will be back up and running for this in 2021.
Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) – Provisional NCEA Level 1 Subject List
The Government has now confirmed the final NCEA change package which will strengthen our national qualification; address over-assessment and fragmented learning; promote culturally responsive teaching and learning; and improve ...
RNZAF School to Skies
Are you or do you know a Year 13 female who has an interest in maths and science? New Zealand needs more women in the aviation industry as Engineers, Technicians, Pilots and more! There are more choices than you probably realise.
Could aviation be the perfect future for you?
2019 Bevan Werry Speaker Announced
Congratulations to Jasmine Hall for being selected as the 2019 Bevan Werry speaker at the NZAMT16 Maths Conference.
Jasmine is a PhD student at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Victoria University.
She will be available to regions to do presentations and support mathematics teachers and students.