Professional Learning Courses

The Power of a Positive Start:
Problem Solving with Young Mathematic Learners

Course Overview

This new APSMO Inc professional learning course will showcase a range of strategies for teaching problem solving in mathematics. Designed for those teaching Kindergarten to Year 2, this course will address commonly held myths about mathematics and early learners, outline the reciprocal link between teacher enthusiasm and teaching quality, and promote problem solving for young learners as an effective strategy for mathematical engagement and success.

During this practical and engaging workshop, teachers will:

  • review key research examining the substantial learning benefits of engaging young children with challenging mathematical ideas;
  • participate in a wide range of hands-on collaborative mathematical tasks, exploring teaching models and strategies for engaging young students;
  • explore strategies to introduce problem solving techniques and promote mathematical inquiry; and,
  • investigate ways to promote mathematical habits of mind through building a community of learners.

Completing The Power of a Positive Start will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 2.5.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course Presenter

Nerida McCredie (PhD)

Nerida McCredie (PhD) is an educational adviser, researcher, trainer and keynote presenter. She provides professional learning workshops for teachers and project-based consulting for schools.

Nerida works with both primary and secondary schools. She takes recent insights from research and shapes them into innovative activities and programs that are relevant and practical for everyday classrooms. Throughout her 15 years of classroom teaching, Nerida has been widely recognised for her work in digital learning and awarded for her innovative classroom practice.

She is highly regarded for her dedication in working with students, teachers and principals to explore and create innovative ways to use technology for effective and lasting learning outcomes.

Nerida has won several awards, including the NSW Minister for Education and Training and Australian College of Educators NSW Quality Teaching Award, the NSW Australian Academy of Science Teacher Award. She received a high commendation in the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Upcoming Courses
Years K – 2


Tuesday, 28 May 2024


9:00am – 3:00pm


University of Technology, Sydney, NSW


APSMO Schools: $330 
Non-APSMO Schools: $400


Tuesday, 30 July 2024


9:00am – 3:00pm


City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Melbourne VIC


APSMO Schools: $330 
Non-APSMO Schools: $400

APSMO Professional Learning Courses

APSMO offers courses for teachers looking to develop their skills and techniques in teaching problem solving in mathematics.

We are currently planning our Professional Learning Schedule for 2022.

Dates, venues and times of workshops will be published on this site as soon as they are confirmed. Please keep checking this page for further information.

EPS20 – Exploring Maths Problem Solving – An Introduction To Problem Solving For Years 3 & 4

  • MODULE 1 – The Importance Of Problem Solving In The Primary Mathematics Classroom
  • MODULE 2 – Using Diagrams When Solving Problems
  • MODULE 3 – Brain Science And How The Brain Affects Our Learning


PS30 – Strategies For Teaching Problem Solving In Mathematics – Years 5 & 6

  • MODULE A – Patterns And Algebraic Thinking
  • MODULE B – Visual Representations
  • MODULE C – Logical And Spatial Thinking

* Pre-requisite for Advanced Course

APS30 – Advanced Strategies For Teaching Problem Solving In Mathematics – Years 5 & 6

  • MODULE D – Procedures Without Reasons
  • MODULE E – Creating Problem Solving Opportunities
  • MODULE F – Enriching Learning Through Discovery


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