**Towards Innovative and Responsive Mathematics Education: Ethics in Taking a Journey with the Teachers**

*Bill Atweh*

*Visiting Scholar*

In this talk, I will share some of the learning developed by a group of academics from an Australian university collaborating with a group of teachers to make mathematics teaching in lower secondary school more relevant to their lives as active citizens. The talk will focus on factors that contributed to the success of the project, the processes put in place to support them in their journey and the different paths taken by the teachers. The understanding of ethics as responsibility lays at the foundation of the project and the discussion of the learning from it.

**The Pleasure of Teaching Mathematics: Feeding the Fire**

*Bill Barton*

*The University of Auckland*

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” So Plutarch said about 2000 years ago. Teachers have taken heed of these words for a long time, but rarely do they apply them to themselves. In order to remain effective teachers enjoying our profession we need to remain learners. And as mathematics teachers we must remain learners of mathematics.

How can we do this in a way that makes us burn with pleasure. Especially, how can we do this in our busy lives and with so many other competing calls on our time and energy.

Fortunately, it is now easier than ever. I will talk about how and why.

**Integrating Mathematical Modeling across the curriculum to Enhance Pedagogical Practices and Increase Student Engagement in STEM**

*Padmanabhan Seshaiyer*

George Mason University

The specific inclusion of modeling as a mathematical practice has attracted a lot of attention among teachers and educators in the recent years. Students who work on real-world problems tend to demonstrate less anxiety toward mathematics, were more likely to see math as relevant to real life, more likely to see it as useful, more likely to appreciate complex challenges. However, teachers may understand and use what is meant by mathematical modeling differently as the word modeling can be interpretted in several ways. In this talk, we will engage teachers through hands-on, inquiry based approaches on what can be considered as a rich mathematical modeling task and how this connects with the strands on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and a productive disposition toward mathematics.

**[Workshop] Learning Mathematics through**

**Origami**

*Patsy Wang-Iverson*

*Gabriella & Paul Rosenbaum Foundation*