Intensive Hands-on
Professional Development Workshops 
delivered by Top Ten's co-founders

Full day workshops: Our co-founders run whole-school, hands-on mathematics curriculum days as intensive workshops. Our workshops are very practical, hands-on and developmentally-sequenced, highlighting the pedagogy behind the units, while also showing teachers examples that can be used in the classroom the very next day. We deliver professional learning in a classroom-based manner. Teachers transform into the students for the day and actively participate in each challenging task, while being taken on a journey along a developmental sequence of a critical concept. 

 

Curriculum days available: We have four days available, all of which have been trialled and refined based on over five years of delivering these to our member schools across Australia:  

  • Intensive full-day focus - Place Value 

  • Intensive full-day focus - Addition and Subtraction 

  • Intensive full-day focus - Multiplication and Division

  • Intensive full-day focus - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 


During the first workshop at most of our member schools, we generally focus on our place value sequence (however, this can be altered to another focus if you prefer), progressing through each critical skill from the early years up to year 6. This involves modelling and teams participating in our highest impact hands-on lessons for that concept. In the process, we explain and demonstrate strategies for modelling with materials, questioning and feedback tips, common misconceptions, as well as brainstorming enabling and extending prompts and strategies for ongoing extension and support within each session. The navigation, assessment options and links to the units are consistently highlighted throughout the day as well.

Engaging, hands-on workshops: As demonstrated by the feedback below, our workshops are very dynamic, fast-paced, interactive and engaging for teachers, rather than a lecture-style presentation. Teachers ask lots of questions and are shown practical tips to gain the most from the units and assessments to assist with the daily elements of hands-on maths planning based on students’ points-of-need. We can also cater the curriculum day to your school’s numeracy goals and specific focuses.

 

Participant numbers: For smaller schools, we regularly deliver these workshops for 2-8 teachers, with schools often arranging for other small schools in the region to attend as a cluster (provided each school is a member of the Top Ten planning packs). For large schools, we can manage up to 60 participants at once (as a whole-school curriculum day), although some leaders prefer to release their teams over three days to work with us more intensively on each year level's content in smaller groups. The smaller groups (early years, years 3-4, years 5-6) work extremely well for large campuses and our presenters believe these workshops are amongst our very best, as teachers are provided with a huge amount of practical support to trial in the classroom over the next term of learning.  



Feedback from schools we have worked with:

 

  • “I can't thank you enough for the professional learning you provided our teachers on Friday. You demonstrated so clearly the power of storytelling in Maths and the value of making connections to real life experiences. You showed us how an understanding of place value is at the core of teaching and learning, the importance of consistent anchor language, what feedback can look like, and that differentiation doesn't have to be arduous. Our school has recently begun a journey on the Science of Learning path. All the elements of your presentation linked perfectly to this: explicit instruction, oral language, and multi-sensory learning. Almost immediately on Friday afternoon, I had several emails from teachers expressing how much they enjoyed the day. That says it all.” Ms Jane McLauchlan, Numeracy Leader, Warrnambool Primary School (November 2021)

  • “The hands on sessions were inspiring and so accessible. I can see the piggybacking of ideas happening before my eyes. The excitement, interest and buzz of maths has had a rebirth – thanks so much!” Ms Maree Seymour, Principal, Sherbourne Primary School (2020)

  • “There was never a moment when we were not engaged in watching a demonstration or completing an activity ourselves. All the staff loved and commented on what a great day and experience it was.” Mr Stewart Condie, Numeracy Leader, Toolern Vale and District PS (2020)

  • “An inspiring day with a presenter who is passionate about maths, knows the program and expertly demonstrates the possibilities of providing a hands-on, successful maths program that differentiates for a range of abilities in a classroom. We look forward to seeing you back again for the Addition and Subtraction PL.” Ms Melinda Rowling, Maths Leader, West Northam PS (April 2021)

  • "Thank you so very much for your engaging PL! The feedback from teachers has been 100% positive with teachers feeling confident and supported with a deeper understanding. You demonstrated an incredible knowledge of maths and effectively explained your thinking to the teachers and SLSOs. Most teachers commented that it was the best PL they have participated in for a very long time." Ms Stephanie Whalan, R/AP Curriculum & Instruction, Ballina Public School (February 2022)

  • “A highly engaging and inspiring maths PD day, full of hands on learning with an abundance of activities to take back to our classrooms the very next day. All teachers and learning support officers learnt so much about place value on our day. Our Top Ten Maths presenter was incredibly fluent with her instruction, modelled tasks and book work expectations. She explained all activities clearly both at a student level as well as the pedagogy around the tasks.” Ms Jayne Brown, Numeracy Leader, St John's Dennington (2019)

  • “The presenter was outstanding. She kept our staff on track and made the day engaging. The range of activities and navigation through the resources was excellent. An outstanding introduction to the world of open-ended hands on learning.” Mr Ben Zimmerle, Assistant Principal, Koo Wee Rup PS (2021)

  • "The highlight was the many examples of how to use hands on materials and how these can be enabled and extended across the class. The presenter had a high level of Mathematical knowledge and ability to make connections between the importance of place value as a foundation for all number. The hands-on approach of the sessions, exploration of manipulatives and how to use the lessons to support and extend students was great. Every educator mentioned that they walked away having learnt something new that they could implement with their students. We are looking forward to booking in Top Ten next year!" Ms Linda Keech, Assistant Principal, Chandler Park Primary School (March 2022)

  • “This PD provided me with the confidence I was looking for to teach maths in a structured but fun way. The activities were valuable and I will be using them immediately.” Ms Joanne Knight, Year 5/6 Teacher, James Cook PS (2020)

  • “Anna was a dynamic presenter, who was inspiring! She delivered hands-on, practical lessons that we can take directly into the classroom. There is so much within this program and Anna made navigating the material so much easier, leaving us with more confidence to expertly select what we need, according to our role. We can't wait to get her back!” Ms Karen Serfontein, Numeracy Leader, St Vincent’s School Parmelia (May 2021)

  • “I loved learning how to provide extension work (ext 1, ext2, ext 3) from the one simple activity. It was great to have a go at the activities and use the manipulatives, especially seeing how versatile they were. They could be used in any lesson! Differentiating was a key focus for us - teaching students different concepts in one lesson. Highly recommend to all schools!” Ms Angeline Singh, Southern Cross PS (March 2021)


All our PLs are delivered by one of our co-founders who contributed to developing the packs for years in their own classrooms and as maths leaders of their schools. Please fill in the form below to receive a quote for a whole-school curriculum day.

 

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LESSONS IN ACTION IN OUR CLASSROOMS

We want every Australian student to love maths by using materials to both make sense of it and genuinely enjoy the sequential journey of learning it. We want to hear cheers at the start of maths sessions. We want to see materials (not worksheets and not click-technologies) in every primary classroom engaged in mathematics. We want to hear students reasoning with each other and thinking out loud (not silence) and see students recording their mathematical findings while using materials (rather than memorising rote-based rules). Ultimately, we aim to grow a generation of children who, as adults, will still love maths. 

 

To achieve this, Top Ten was founded and is still owned entirely by Australian numeracy coaches and experienced primary teachers to support fellow teachers with the huge task of day-by-day planning for excellent maths lessons. We created, then tried and tested sequential hands-on units in Australian classrooms for ten years. Our units include photographs of classrooms in action during materials-based lessons, daily modelling by numeracy coaches and maths leaders, and student work samples for each open-ended task. Our aim is to ensure that primary teachers have enough time and energy to deliver engaging and high-impact maths lessons that target their students' points-of-need. To do this, we remove a significant portion of the burden of planning from scratch and the time-consuming search for engaging lessons that genuinely work in real classrooms. We grow each teacher's confidence and repertoire by making numeracy coaches' classroom modelling and coaching accessible to every teacher every day. This is achieved through illustrative photographs of lessons in action, student work samples and the ongoing practical professional learning provided through each unit plan. 

 

Our goal is for every Australian student to fall in love with maths and become numerate, and to assist (in whichever way a team prefers to use our planning units and resources) every primary teacher to achieve this. 

In total, there are 900 hands-on open-ended tasks, all organised into developmentally-sequenced units; over 500 materials-based lessons for the early years and 400 real-life lessons for years 3-6. To maximise your time, every lesson includes:

  • photographs of classroom modelling and student work samples

  • warm-up games and an engaging hook or tune-in element 

  • a specific learning intention and lesson-specific maths vocabulary highlighted at the start of each lesson 

  • success criteria within the formative assessment cross-checks linked to each unit 

  • questioning and feedback tips, as well as misconception alerts 

  • pre-planned enabling and extending prompts for ongoing in-class intervention and extension within every open-ended (low-floor high-ceiling) session. 

 

Please visit our school feedback and student gain results page, and feel free to download the sample packs on our early years and numeracy library pages to share and try the sample lessons with your teams. 

ABOUT US

Hands-on Numeracy
Planning Support Resources

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NUMERACY LIBRARY

WITH LESSONS

Selectively-chosen numeracy picture book titles with over 150 linked lessons that are in addition to those in the early years and years 3-6 planning packs. 

All titles are organised by year level and arrive packed into concepts (place value; addition; subtraction; multiplication; division; fractions; measurement and geometry; statistics and probability). 

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COMPREHENSIVE

EARLY YEARS PLANNING PACKAGE

Developmentally-sequenced, user-friendly 

unit plans with detailed hands-on lessons for every critical skill throughout the early years. Diagnostic and formative assessments pinpoint points-of-need. 

Lessons include enabling and extending prompts, engaging hooks, warm-ups, photographs of numeracy coaches modelling and student work samples.

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CLASSROOM 

MATHS TOOLBOXES

Organised set of the most important hands-on maths materials. All packed into class sets in toolboxes, with distribution containers to make hands-on maths easier for teachers, students and maths leaders.