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Transformations – building student understanding 2023152W is a Course

Transformations – building student understanding 2023152W

May 4, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

$220 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 4 May 2023, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event



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 half-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

•            an overview of related resources.

Participants should have access to a CAS or software e.g. Desmos 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 in the curriculum
  • a framework for the development of transformations across the curriculum from Years 9 to 12
  • 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