Teacher Symposium : Seeing Their World - 4 Dec 2015 9:00 till 3:30

The School of Mathematics and Statistics of Victoria University offers an opportunity for professional development for Teachers and all people working with Mathematics and Statistics students.

This symposium for secondary and tertiary teachers of mathematics and statistics will explore the different elements and challenges of the transition from college to university. We will provide:
  • an insight into the different worlds of experience of college and first-year university students;
  • the medical science of brain development in adolescence and how this affects NCEA results;
  • as well as engage in two workshops to develop hands-on ideas on improving teaching strategies to cater for the needs of adolescence.

Please join us for a day of discussion, interaction and inspiration to start a conversation on how we can work better together to achieve an easier transition from college to university for our students.

When: Friday 4th December 2015, 9:00am to 3:30pm

Where: AM 102 and AM 104, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University

Cost: Free, including lunch, tea and coffee

Registration: click here

Closing date 23 November 2015

For questions please contact the school office:



Time Activity Who Where
9am - 9.15am Meet and Greet All Outside AM102 opposite Wishbone
9.15am - 9.30am Welcome & House Keeping Dr Peter Donelan, Head of School AM102 & AM104
9.30am - 10.30am Keynote Speaker - Different learning styles and brain development in adolescent / young adults Kathryn Berkett AM102 & AM104
10.30am - 11.30am

Seeing Their World - Q&A with students from College (year 12-13) and first year VUW students

  • What they imagine study would be like
  • Reality of study
  • What they expected and how things turned out
  • Transition from College to University
  • There will be an opportunity to ask the students some questions.
Chaired by Kathryn Berkett AM102 & AM104
11.30am - 12pm Lunch All Outside AM102 opp Wishbone
12pm - 1.30pm 1) “What skills do students need to succeed at Uni” (Facilitated by Kathryn Berkett) this workshop will build on the keynote address by exploring different ideas on what students need to transition to university and how this can be achieved.   AM102
12pm - 1.30pm 2) ‘Helping students to learn’- from a university perspective (Facilitated by Dr. Amanda Gilbert, CAD). Amanda will discuss scaffolding learning, what the teacher does compared to what the students actually do.   AM104
1.30pm - 2pm Afternoon tea   Outside AM102 opp Wishbone
2pm - 3pm

NZQA Presentation - "Strategic Behaviour"

How well are students doing in Maths and Statistics and and trends in NCEA level 3. This presentation will show what the statistics say about these courses.

Eldon Paki AM102 & AM104
3pm - 3.30pm

Discussion Forum

Round up by Kathryn Berkett and an open discussion between Lecturers and Teachers on:

  • Summary of discussion from the 2 streams
  • How to build better relationships
  • What support can VUW provide teachers
  • Exchange ideas and experiences.
Chaired by Kathryn Berkett  


We have 5 carparks available however these will be allocated to attendees travelling at least 50km or more from Victoria University or if you have a special need such as a disability/mobility purposes. To be considered for a carpark please ensure you indicate this on your registration form. One of the organisers will confirm your allocation no later then Monday 30 November 2015.