Mathematics Teachers' Association of the Northern Territory
PO Box 40202, Casuarina NT 0811
ABN 38 575 028 403
Affiliated with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (Inc.)
Last updated: 7 October 2016

At the AGM on Sunday 28 August 2016, the following Management Group was elected unopposed after nominations:
President: John Bament
Vice President: Lola Sleep
Secretary: Geoff Gillman
Treasurer / Membership Secretary: Matt Skoss
Executive Members:
Geoff Gillman (Public Officer)
Selina Blyton
Josie Roberts
Elizabeth Milne
Carolyn Clark
John Bradbury

Next event:

MTANT MathsMeet Conference, Thursday 7 March

MathsMeet Conference

at Good Shepherd Lutheran College (Senior Campus)

8 Whitewood Rd, Howard Springs NT 0835

8 am for 9 am start through to 5 pm followed by convivial social activities

Please circulate the flyer to your staff. Confirm your registration via the weblink at:

and fax/email the form with payment via credit card or EFT transfer. The details are on the form.


Keynote speaker: Dr Katie Makar from University of Queensland, Inquiry-based Learning

=====Inquiry-based learning is form of active investigation which looks at applying mathematics to extended, open-ended problems. In inquiry, students collaboratively generate and negotiate ways to improve their ideas, deepen their mathematical understanding and make connections to their background knowledge and personal experience. There are well-documented benefits of inquiry for students because of that way that inquiry emphasises reasoning, classroom discussion and student-centred decision-making. During the symposium keynote, you will work through a short inquiry that has been used in classrooms. Her simple 4D planning framework used in Queensland State Schools will be presented to allow us to explore the phases of inquiry as you work. Additional classroom examples will be illustrated from Early Childhood through to Year 9 (ages 4 – 15). =====
About Dr Katie Makar:
Dr Katie Makar is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Queensland. She is known internationally for her work on inquiry-based teaching and learning in mathematics and statistics. Dr Makar's innovative research is responding to a need to provide practical classroom guidance for teachers undertaking inquiry-based teaching practices. The uniqueness of her work is the use of authentic open-ended problems integrating deep mathematical concepts with higher order thinking in new and engaging ways. Her award-winning longitudinal research on teachers’ adoption of mathematical inquiry included observations of 1500 lessons from teachers in Kindergarten through Grade 7. A former secondary mathematics teacher for 15 years, Dr Makar is committed to research that is practical for classrooms.

Like to present a session?

Are you doing something exciting/dynamic/ wonderful in your classroom that you’d like to share

with others? Why not present a session on it? 55 minute sessions are available.

Register your session here via the weblink at:

Connect with Maths Day, Friday 18 March, Friday 18 March
Friday March 18, 2016
9:00 am to 4:30 pm (10:30 am to 6:00 pm NT time)
Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) Strathmore Secondary College
400 Pascoe vale Road, Strathmore, VIC, 3141

or via AdobeConnect

Attached is the flyer with background information. All teachers are warmly invited to participate during the day. It pays to download the Adobe plug-ins ahead of time and test the website.

A one day professional learning event to celebrate and promote the importance and diversity of mathematics in society themed by the fiveConnect with Maths communities.

Master of Ceremonies: Brett Biddington AM, Space Environment Research Centre, ACT
Keynotes: Burkard Polster, Monash University, VIC and Denise Neal, Department of Education, TAS
  • Make it count with indigenous learners
    Presenters: John Bradbury, Matt Skoss, Dr Chris Matthews, Professor Robyn Jorgensen, Gina Milgate, Robyn Anderson
  • Early Years learning in mathematics
    Presenters: Professor Bob Perry, Jennifer Bowden, Louise Hodgson, Professor Nicola Yelland
  • Maths in Action
    Presenters: Paul Koehne, Luca Bertolacci, Ian Christie, Michael Pakakis, Ross Turner, Bronwyn Welch, Sally Ip
  • Engaging all students
    Presenters: Associate Professor Catherine Attard, Dr Steve Thornton, Kate Manuel, Professor Mike Askew, Chris Harte
  • Digital learning and mathematics
    Presenters: Associate Professor Steven Bird, Gary Bass, Professor Leon Stirling, Jonathan Kingsley, Dr Sharyn Livy, Dr Tracey Muir, Peter Flynn

The Connect with Maths Day is a celebration of the achievements of the project over the last three years. Our intention was to establish online learning communities that provide teachers across Australia with access to high level expertise and resources in school mathematics. Certainly the range of presentations reflects the wide range of interests and needs in among teachers across the five Connect with Maths communities.
The day is also a springboard into the future. As this first phase of building online learning communities in mathematics draws to a close in the middle of 2016, AAMT is building towards continuing to foster and inform connections between members of these communities as part of the Dimensions portal of professional learning resources. Dimensions, which will be available in beta form later in 2016, will make high quality professional learning programs available to schools around the country – the legacy of Connect with Maths will be the online communities that will connect people around those programs, thus providing deeper and more sustained engagement in improving school mathematics for our young people.

John Bradbury and Matt Skoss are co-presenting at this blended learning event. On Connect with Maths Day all teachers need to do is to click on the Adobe Connect link from an internet connected device to join a session of their choice. On computers there will be a small app that will need to be downloaded for audio and video presentation.
The links for Adobe Connect will be on the Connect with Maths Day website on the program.

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Membership Form - Individual 2015

Membership Form - Institutional 2015

Upcoming Events:

April 7-8 (Thursday-Friday): MathsMeet Conference, venues to be advised

Feel welcome to offer a session to share your teaching ideas.
Keynote speaker: To be advised.

Conference Flyer from 2015:
Register to attend via:
Offer to present a conference session via:

Past Events:
2014 Maths Meet (2-3 October)
Keynote Presenter Di Siemon's slideshow (14 MB)

2013 MathsMeet (13-14 October)
Keynote Presenter Peter Sullivan's slideshow and tasks:

MathsMeet Conference

at O'Loughlin Catholic College

Saturday 12 October, 9 am - 4 pm

with AGM at 10:15 am

Keynote speaker - Prof. Peter Sullivan, Monash University

Join members of the Maths community for a range of exciting presentations about the teaching of Mathematics

followed by sessions with a Technology focus

Sunday 13 October

9 am - 12 noon

Please circulate to your staff. Confirm your registration via the weblink at:

by Friday 4 October

And fax / email through Conference Registration and

MTANT Membership forms.

Selection of NT student for the Australian National Mathematics Summer School
Forms for current Year 11 students to apply (students need to be in Year 11 in 2013):

All students for the National Mathematics Summer School are selected by the Director of the school (Associate Professor Leon Poladian of the University of Sydney) based on nominations supplied by the State and Territory mathematics teacher professional associations. In the NT, this is the Mathematics Teachers’ Association of the Northern Territory (MTANT).

Around 70 students are selected to attend the school each year. States and Territories are represented approximately in proportion to their populations, so there are only one or two places available for NT students.

The NT selection is not based on a competition. The MTANT selectors aim to send a list of names of students to the Director where every student on the list is judged to be able to benefit from the school, to contribute to the life of the school, and to gain a lasting academic and social – and perhaps future professional – value from it.

At the National Mathematics Summer School, mathematically gifted and talented students from all over Australia stay together in student accommodation, and participate in lectures and tutorials across a wide range of mathematical topics such as number theory, topology, cryptology, chaos theory and game theory. There is no sense in which the National Mathematics Summer School is a competition or a ‘cram school’.

At the school, there is an emphasis on problem solving: on doing mathematics, not just listening to someone else talking about it. Students spend a considerable amount of time during the school working independently on problems. They need to have persistence and tenacity as the problems require them to critique and construct mathematical arguments, rather than get the ‘answer’.

They will have the opportunity to mix (and bond) with like-minded students from across the country, and also with young people who are involved in various ways in academic mathematical studies.

The MTANT selection process requires students to demonstrate that their mathematical skills and experience sufficiently equip them to cope with and benefit from the mathematical content of the school. It is expected that students would be studying at least a Pre Mathematical Studies course or IB SL in Year 11, and intending to study (or be already undertaking) Mathematical Studies or IB SL in Year 12.

Students and their teachers are invited to submit other evidence that demonstrates high mathematical ability and achievement.

The selectors are also interested in knowing more about students’ involvement in mathematical activities beyond the classroom, particularly where these show the student’s ability and interest to work independently on mathematics, where they have demonstrated sustained interest in a mathematical task, and where they have been involved in extracurricular activities related to mathematics.

Calendar of events:

Maths Enrichment Camp-Darwin >> 14-16 June 2013 >> Contact

Maths Enrichment Camp-Alice Springs >> 9-11 August 2013 >> Contact

The camps are aimed to attract students from Years 6-10. It is an excellent professional learning opportunity for teachers.

AGM date to be confirmed.

MTANT MathsMeet 2012 at Nightcliff Technology Precinct

Download Peter Sullivan's resourcesKeynote presentation on Friday 13 April >> Six Principles of Effective Mathematics Teaching >> Geometry activity booklet >> Keynote presentation on Saturday 14April >> Teaching Geometry as a Way of Building Confidence and Fostering Engagement in Aboriginal Learning >>
3D Shape Cards (sorting task) >>

WHEN: Friday 13th April, 5 – 8:30 pm & Saturday 14th April, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Registration & pre-conference nibbles: 5 - 5:30 pm, followed by the keynote address and then dinner.
RSVP by Wednesday 4 April. One drink on arrival with nibbles. It was intended to schedule the AGM, but this has been deferred to a later date.
WHERE: Nightcliff Technology Precinct, on the grounds of Nightcliff Middle School
COST: MTANT Members $50 ($30 if you present a session),
Non-Members $100. Guest for dinner: $15
Conference fee includes Friday evening refreshments & lunches. Limited travel funds available for teachers from outside of Darwin.
PROGRAM: Keynote Presenter - Professor Peter Sullivan, Monash University “Six principles of effective Mathematics teaching”
Peter Sullivan is Professor of Science, Mathematics and Technology at Monash University. His main professional achievements are in the field of research.
He is an author of the popular teacher resource: Open-ended maths activities: Using good questions to enhance learning.
Peter is immediate past president of the Australian
Association of Mathematics Teachers, was the author of the Shape paper that outlined the principles for the development of the
Australian Curriculum in Mathematics, and was the author of the 2011 Australian Education Review on research informed strategies for teaching mathematics.
Peter Sullivan’s two sessions will link to the Australian Curriculum-Mathematics’ Proficiencies & Fluency strands.
Keynote: Six principles of effective mathematics teaching
One of the challenges of teaching mathematics is there is so much advice, some of which is complex, some is confusing, some is impractical. This session will present and explain, though classroom examples, six key principles for teaching mathematics. The principles, which have been extracted from an analysis of similar advice to teachers, can be used as the basis of collaborative teacher learning.
Workshop:Teaching geometry as a way of building confidence and fostering engagement in Aboriginal learners
One of the key strategies when teaching mathematics is to connect the mathematics to students’ experience. This session will illustrate one approach to connecting learning to students’ experience, using two lesson sequences focusing on geometry. The lesson sequences were taught by Niek van Riel in a remote Indigenous community school, although the principles are applicable more generally. The intention was to use students' familiarity with geometrical concepts to build confidence, success, connections between mathematics and schooling on one hand and students’ lives on the other. In the lesson sequences the students engaged actively and successively in significant and challenging tasks that address key aspects of the learning of formal geometry.
For more information and membership forms, navigate to the MTANT webpage at:

Award for Mathematical Excellence (AME) Guidelines for 2012

MTANT is calling for nominations for the Award for Mathematical Excellence (AME). Any Northern Territory student, educator or community member who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement in mathematics or provided an outstanding contribution to mathematics education in the NT is eligible to be nominated for the AME.

The AME was inaugurated in 1991, following a donation for this purpose from Mr Jack Oliver. Additional financial support has also been provided by MTANT. Jack Oliver was a long time MTANT member and is a life member of the Association. Until his retirement, Jack was a lecturer in Mathematics at Charles Darwin University (formerly known as Darwin Institute of Technology and NT University).

Following the establishment of the Award it was intended that the award would be offered annually with the donated monies invested to accrue interest for this purpose. Previous recipients of the Award have included: Ann Richards for her contribution to teacher education, promotion of the Australian Mathematics Competition in the NT and her active involvement in MTANT; Jeanette McLeod an outstanding student of mathematics at CDU; John Pickett, mathematics senior teacher at Katherine High School, who actively contributed to Mathematics Education in the NT for over 29 years. In 2005 a special Achievement Award was presented to Kirilie Turner for her contribution in assisting Indigenous students at Newcastle Waters School to improve their numeracy. The 2007 award was presented to Judith Egan, a long-term Territorian who studied mathematics at the CDU, supported students in the CDU Maths Club and is currently studying interstate for her PhD in mathematics. In 2008, V Mohan-Ram was awarded the AME for longstanding contributions to Maths Education in his role as a lecturer at CDU and to MTANT events.

Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) Guidelines for 2012

MTQ is open to any individual student, small group of students or class in the Northern Territory ranging from Pre-School to Year 12.
MTQ aims at encouraging students to work mathematically to produce a mathematical investigation, project or storybook. Teachers are encouraged to conduct the Mathematics TaleNT Quest as part of their regular mathematics teaching and learning program. NTCF Mathematics Learning Area and EsseNTial Learnings outcomes can be easily identified in the process of working mathematically to produce an entry.

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Award for Mathematical Excellence

MTANT Mathematics TaleNT Quest (MTQ)