PMEG is a program aimed at primary students who are motivated and interested in maths, their teachers and their parents. It ran for the first time in 2016 and was so successful we are doing it again! Please note that the activities will be the same as 2016 so it wouldn’t be appropriate for the same children to undertake the program.

PMEG aims to provide extension for students in math while supporting their teachers to gain confidence and increase their pedagogical toolkit when delivering maths tasks that cater for intellectual stretch and supporting their parents in fostering their child’s motivation and interest.

The 2017 MEG will run during Terms 2 and 3. The dates are Wednesday 14 June and 16 August 4pm-6pm, and Friday 8 September 1.30pm-3.30pm, all at the Australian Science and Maths School.

The elements are:

  • A session on Wednesday 14 June from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Australian Science and Maths School for students, their parents and their teachers. This will include a learning experience that will be accessible to all participants who have a basic understanding of area and perimeter, and will allow for significant stretch in the understanding of mathematics.
  • A session on Wednesday 16 August from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Australian Science and Maths School for students and their teachers. Parents are invited to attend as well if interested. This will include a learning experience that will be accessible to all participants who have a basic understanding of probability, and will again allow for significant stretch in the understanding of mathematics.
  • Celebration at the Australian Science and Maths School’s International Science Fair on Friday 8 September from 12 noon – 1.30 pm where participating students will share a poster of a mathematical inquiry they have undertaken. This will be done as part of the Poster Presentation by students from around the world and will provide the primary students with stimulus to pursue their interest in maths.

There is no cost to participate. Parking costs of around $5 per car will apply.

Teachers, students and parents will receive packs of useful resources at each session.

FAQs

Who will make a good participant?

Students who will

  • be expected to be self-starters and interested in investigating maths that is ‘outside’ the textbook.
  • help us to determine how best PMEG can support students.
  • work on extended projects in areas of interest in mathematics. This will culminate in a poster that can be presented as part of the ASMS International Science Fair in September.
  • be encouraged to join the Mathematical Association of South Australia’s Saturday Morning Problem Solving Club, which runs 2-3 times each term at a cost of $5 per student per visit.

Teachers who will

  • be committed to be learners of mathematics and to work alongside students who are seeking extension.
  • provide such support as possible at the school, facilitating time for the students to be engaged in extension mathematics.
  • attend termly out of hours professional learning sessions regarding pedagogies and skills to extend students in their schools.
  • help the presenters to determine how best PMEG can support teachers.

Parents who will

  • commit to supporting their child to participate.
  • help the presenters to determine how best PMEG can support parents.
  • provide resources as required (this will be minimal).
  • attend the initial meeting and the celebration event.

I am a parent, but can’t come. Is that a problem?

The sessions have been designed to support not only your child and teacher, but also you as a parent of a child who is interested and motivated in maths. It would be great if you could attend at least the first session, and the celebration afternoon as well.

How will you choose the mentors?

Mentors will be sourced from the ASMS Alumni. All will undertake the requisite training and clearances to be involved as a volunteer in a DECD program.

What happens back in the classroom?

We’re expecting that the students will be inspired to undertake research based on their chosen inquiry question. They will therefore need some support and this can, in the main, be provided by their mentor.

Teachers are asked to support students to undertake this research as well. In addition, we expect that teachers will experiment with their own practice and they will be supported to do this through the support provided by an Edmodo community.

The ASMS is too far away for us. How can we be involved?

At the moment, we can’t offer this program at other venues but we are really keen to ‘spread the word’ and share the model across the state. If you would like to be involved in future programs, contact Glenys Thompson (glenys.thompson@asms.sa.edu.au) who will be keeping a list of those who are interested in future programs.

Facilitators

Matt Verdon, Vanessa Fay, Glenys Thompson, Jason Loke, Pauline Carter, Renee Scarborough, Katie Davis, Maja Williams

 

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