Maths teachers gather to talk Australian Curriculum Sat 12 May 2012 PAUL O'HALLORAN Parliamentary Secretary, Minister for Education and Skills The Parliamentary Secretary, Education and Skills, Paul O'Halloran, today officially opened the Mathematical Association of Tasmania's Annual Conference, bringing together Maths teachers from around Tasmania. Mr O'Halloran said it was the first conference to be held since the introduction of the Australian Curriculum and was a significant opportunity for teachers to share thinking and teaching strategies. "Mathematics is a highly valued curriculum area and the Government is committed to the improvement of students' numeracy results," Mr O'Halloran said."This is best achieved through effective implementation of the Mathematics curriculum and the promotion of innovative teaching approaches which are the focus of this conference." Mr O'Halloran said Maths was a fundamental skill for a successful life. "Mathematics underpins many other disciplines and can be crucially important in the workplace. "Having a sound understanding of the fundamentals of Maths and numeracy ensures students move from school to work and enjoy productive and happy lives." Mr O'Halloran said the focus of the conference would link directly to the Australian Curriculum. "Implementation of Phase 1 of the Australian Curriculum this year with Maths, English, Science and History is an opportunity to focus on a consistent state-wide approach to teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. "While there is strong alignment between the Tasmanian and Australian Curriculums in Mathematics, there will be challenges for teachers and this conference is a great opportunity to come together and network." Mr O'Halloran said a strong learning community in Tasmania enabled teachers to share knowledge, teaching strategies, discuss challenges and work together for improvement and growth. "We do have a community of educators here in Tasmania and it is so beneficial to learn from each other and work together solve the challenges teachers face every day."