Mathematics: NZAMT16: New Zealand’s Biennial, Premier Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunity

Every two years, educators gather for the New Zealand Association of Maths Teachers’ (NZAMT) conference. Set over the course of four days on 1-4 October, 2019, at Hutt Valley High School, organisers have been planning for two years and expect more than 400 attendees. Perhaps you recognize the names of Rod Downey, Dr Jodie Miller, Leeana Herewini, Ngārewa Hāwera, Anna Fergusson, Catherine Attard, and Anthony Harradine, the speakers who will deliver keynotes of varied and important topics to maths’ teachers?

The theme is Embracing Ako: Game On, and you are invited to “come and join us as we take mathematics professional learning and development to a new level. How does maths get used in the everyday world of commerce, research and innovation?”

Organisers have also included a number of industrial visits throughout the conference to add another dimension.

In addition, participants have an average of 35 workshop choices per day (more than 140 current total workshops), so everyone is bound to find something of interest. Interesting session topics include forensic analysis using trigonometry, unpacking Learning Progression Frameworks, making maths fun for kids, statistical analysis, nurturing Pasifika values in maths teaching and learning, coding and robotics, financial capability, word problems, ako-rich practice, mathematical fluency, student self-assessment, and the mathematics of origami and juggling.

So you can leverage your school’s attendance, planners recommend choosing “wisely and strategically, particularly if you have a number from the same school or Kahui Ako.” In fact, more than 40 % of the workshops are now full. Don’t delay! To browse the complete up-to-date session choices, visit

This time around, Caxton Educational is stepping up its game to provide a workshop for users of its maths resources. The session, entitled “Now What? Effectively Using Connecting All Strands Resources,” is facilitated by Joel’ Bradley. After 16 years of developing curriculum in Denver Public Schools (Denver, Colorado, USA), Joel’ migrated to New Zealand to share her knowledge with students and teachers. Currently she enjoys her position as Caxton Educational’s curriculum facilitator, working with educators to improve maths instruction for all students and engage them with their unique experiences growing up in this beautiful island nation.

During the workshop, aimed at years 3-10 teachers, participants unpack the Caxton Educational (CaxEd) Connecting All Strands series. Educators learn to use both the Online Teacher Resource and Student Resource Textbook for greatest classroom effectiveness. Particular spotlight will be given to differentiation, mixed grouping, rich tasks, and sharing real-life teacher suggestions.

Corporate partners help make the conference possible, and this event is exceptional in that regard. Along with about 20 other vendors (, Caxton Educational, as a Bronze sponsor, will have a booth, with spot prizes given away for Facebook likes and opportunities to answer pedagogical and technical questions.

During the week, enter the competition by collecting stamps from the sponsor booths and after completion, hand in to the NZAMT16 Registration desk for the draw on Friday. (You must be present at Friday’s closing section, to be in the prize draw.)

New this year is a conference app to disseminate information as quickly as possible and minimise paper waste.

Are you excited yet? To register for this exciting event, visit

Article courtesy of Caxton Educational