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Nurturing your Numeracy practice with Dave Tout and Chris Tully.

What are the challenges to teaching numeracy?

Do you sometimes struggle finding different ways to teach numeracy?

This session guides participants discussing their approaches to numeracy teaching. We will explore ways of teaching numeracy with relevant, fun, engaging, and transformative strategies.

It is an interactive session with opportunities for small group discussions about the particular contexts and issues you face. Join numeracy experts Dave Tout and Chris Tully who will provide guidance and feedback to build confidence and strengthen your numeracy teaching practice.


Nurturing your Numeracy practice

Facilitators: Chris Tully (Melbourne Polytechnic) and Dave Tout (ACER)

Date: Thursday, 24th March, 5-6pm

Cost: VALBEC Members Free; non-Members: $15

Register here

1. From the President

As we march into March, a quick update on VALBEC’s activities so far this year.

Firstly, numeracy practice is in our sights in 2022. VALBEC is providing opportunities for practitioners to come together for guided conversations with peers about the challenges and successes they’re finding in their language, literacy AND numeracy classrooms, which will support Adult Learning Australia’s Numeracy series. Details above for the first VALBEC 5pm twilight PL session, Thursday 24th of March.

In mid-2022, if you’re in Melbourne on the 20th of May, Reconnect with colleagues at our face-to-face mini-conference at Angliss Conference Centre. VALBEC’s 2022 conference will also combine a hybrid (virtual and f2f) Annual General Meeting. We welcome nominations for new members on the VALBEC organising committee. Find information about joining the VALBEC Committee here: Join the VALBEC Committee  

In addition to the conference, and to reach more practitioners throughout the year, VALBEC will present 8 online professional learning sessions in 2022, covering a range of numeracy, literacy and language topics.

VALBEC Professional Learning 2022: Call for presentations

Are there inspiring new approaches to education you’d like to share? Would you like to present professional learning to colleagues this year? For the conference or a PL Forum in 2022, we’re inviting educators to submit professional learning presentation proposals here: https://valbec.org.au/SubmitProposalPresent

Look forward to seeing you on the 24th of March,

Elizabeth Gunn
Valbec President

2. Valbec Membership

Join or renew online.


Members receive:

  • Fine Print three times a year – a high quality journal for discussion and debate about good practice, theory and policy issues. Feedback and contributions are actively sought from members about content and issues.
  • eVALBEC – our e-mail communication keeping members informed of professional development activities, general committee activities and more up to date policy changes.
  • Discounts for the Annual Conference and other VALBEC statewide professional development.
  • Issues-based forums.
  • Focus on significant policy issues impacting on the field.
  • Free numeracy resources

3. Resources

Consumer rights student activity pack 

Anne Vize and Teachers Pay Teachers present another great new resource for supporting students to learn about their consumer rights. Save planning time with Anne’s other useful resources on this fantastic educational resource site. More details

4. Unions

Australian Education Union


National Tertiary Education Union



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