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Place Value: Assessment and Targeted Instruction

Place value understanding underpins almost every part of the mathematics curriculum. Counting, estimating, money, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, converting units, scientific notation and percentage all relate to place value. Research has shown that many students fail to develop a robust understanding of place value in early Primary school, which places them at considerable risk of failing to understand the subsequent big ideas (including multiplicative thinking and partitioning). In this session Dr Ange Rogers will share her research into the development of a valid and reliable whole number place value assessment called the Place Value Assessment Tool (PVAT), and how this assessment can be used to accurately identify gaps in student understanding. The session will unpack several common student misconceptions and provide practical ideas for addressing, and where possible avoiding, the development of these misconceptions. A framework will be presented to support teachers to systematically and comprehensively teach place value. Participants will leave this session with a deeper appreciation for the challenges and importance of place value and be armed with a variety of ideas to assess and target the needs of their students.

Date: Monday 28th October

Time: 10 am – 12 pm AEDT (Melbourne Time)


LDA Member: $55

LDA Student Member – $40

Non-Member – $80

About Dr Angela Rogers

Dr Ange Rogers is an experienced primary school teacher and Numeracy Leader from Melbourne. Ange is a passionate presenter who regularly facilitates Professional Development for teachers and schools across Australia. In 2014 she completed her PhD in Mathematics Education focusing on the assessment and teaching of whole number place value in Years 3-6. In her PhD she developed the Place Value Assessment Tool (PVAT) and has since created a suite of teaching resources to support this assessment. Ange currently lectures part-time to pre-service teachers at RMIT University in Melbourne and mentors teachers and leaders through her online website the Numeracy Teachers Academy.

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