This one of those lazy WitCHes, where we really should do the work and critique the thing but we just can’t muster the energy to do it. The WitCH is a video, a recent NSW Education conversation-lecture for K-6 teachers: Student Engagement in Mathematics. The star of the show is Catherine Attard, Professor of Mathematics Education at Western Sydney University.*
The Engagement video page also contains a transcript, and three links to Further Reading:
- C. Attard, Engagement and mathematics: What does it look like in your classroom? (Journal of Professional Learning, 2015)
- C. Attard, IPad apps for primary mathematics teaching and learning
- C. Attard and K. Homes, “It gives you that sense of hope”: An exploration of technology use to mediate student engagement with mathematics (Hellyon, 2020)
We have no real idea what this is about, if anything, whether the video is a one-off thing or part of an orchestrated plan. But it annoyed us, which is enough.
*) We last wrote of Professor Attard in her capacity as President of MERGA, when some
media stooges education reporters quoted Professor Attard as a “maths expert” while shoring up support for ACARA’s beleaguered draft Curriculum.