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Transformations – building student understanding 2023152F is a Course

Transformations – building student understanding 2023152F

May 2, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

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Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 2 May 2023, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne



Year 9 to 12 Mathematics Teacher



Transformations of functions and their graphs are a core aspect of the mathematics curriculum in Years 9 – 12. This all-day workshop focuses on how to teach transformations effectively to build student understanding, connect mathematical concepts, skills and processes, and cover the course content in a more compact and efficient way.

The benefit of a strategic focus on transformations is that students integrate connections more deeply from a broader range of content across several years of the curriculum.

The workshop will include:

•            hands-on graphical, algebraic and numerical approaches to transformations

•            how to use technology to build families of graphs of functions with transformations

•            investigations for pattern recognition from the effects of transformations

•            developing the relationship between transformations and solving equations

•            activities showing how transformations are used in modelling with functions

•            an overview of related resources.

Participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and develop some investigations as learning activities and should bring along a CAS or software e.g. Desmos on a laptop that they are familiar with.    


Key takeaways               

  • deeper understanding of transformations of functions and their graphs, and how this can be used to connect topics, both within and across year levels
  • greater understanding of a framework for the development of transformations across the curriculum from Years 9 to 12
  • learning activities and approaches for the effective use of technology to teach about transformations of functions and their applications
  • increased awareness of a range of supporting resources for teaching transformations.


Presenter information

Dr David Leigh Lancaster


David was the Mathematics Curriculum Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) from June 1998 to July 2021, and is an experienced former mathematics teacher and head of faculty. He has been extensively involved in curriculum and resource review and development, teacher professional learning, examinations and school-based assessment.


Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards 

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes