Dr Wendy Taylor is a maths teacher who began teaching in high schools in 2012. She worked her first two years at Scotch College before moving to Bentleigh Secondary College where she is currently employed.
Wendy began studying a primary teaching and science double degree in 2004. Part way through the course she realised her obsession with maths was too strong to ignore, so once completing the bachelor of science went on to complete honours in maths and then a PhD. Still driven to be a teacher, she completed a Dip Ed in secondary teaching in 2011. With her primary teaching background, it isn’t surprising that Wendy always had a soft spot for junior maths, particularly Year 7. Over time, it became clear to Wendy that a standard textbook and timeline driven program was restricting her ability to meet the diverse learning needs of her students. On top of this, retention of previously covered skills was low. These two “big issues” lead Wendy to create resources that allow her (and others) to maximise students’ learning outcomes in a sustainable way. The Mathsquad resources have been in used at Bentleigh Secondary College since the start of 2017 with great results in terms of students’ growth and overall enjoyment of the subject.
Mathsquad.org is Wendy’s third major website aimed at sharing resources to improve students’ experiences in maths. The first https://barattaumep.wikispaces.com/ contained a comprehensive program for the 2012 University Enhancement Mathematics Program ran at The University of Melbourne. The second site was https://sites.google.com/site/bentleighandbeyond/ that acted as a planning tool for Wendy and the Bentleigh team.
As well as resource and website creation, Wendy has published in a number of journals and presented at many conferences. Please see below for relevant experiences.
It is also worth mentioning that beyond her time in the classroom and creating resources Wendy also loves listening to the Mr Barton Maths Podcast during long car trips and organising termly Maths, Wine and Cheese nights to discuss maths teaching with some of her closest teacher friends.
Education Based Research Papers
(Some published under maiden name)
- Taylor, W and Gordon, I. (2015) A Random Slice of Pi. Vinculum, Volume 52, No. 4, (pp5-7).
- Taylor, W (2014) Searching for Rationality. Vinculum, Volume 51 Issue 1, (pp14-17).
- Taylor, W and Stacey, K. (2014) Gardner’s Two Children Problems and Variations: Puzzles with Conditional Probability and Sample Spaces. The Australian Mathematics Teacher Volume 70 No. 2. (pp13-19).
- Baratta, W. (2011) Linear Equations: Equivalence = Success. Australian Mathematics Teacher, Volume 67, No. 4. (pp6-11).
- Chick, H. & Baratta, W. (2011) Teachers’ strategies for demonstrating fraction and percentage equivalence. AAMT23/MERGA34.
- Baratta, W., Price, E., Stacey, K., Steinle, V., Gvozdenko, E. (2010) Percentages: The effect of problem structure, number complexity and calculation format. In L.Sparrow, B. Kissane, C. Hurst (Eds.) Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education. Proceedings of 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia. (pp. 61 – 68) Fremantle: MERGA.
- MAV peresentations
- 2017 – Was that set for homework? (with Sabine Partington and George Tissera)
- 2017 – Shining up the staples-delving into evidence informed classroom practices (with Oliver Lovell)
- 2016 – Collaborative Tasks For Learning And Assessing Mathematics (with Sabine Partington and Brent Jewell)
- 2015 – Di-vision of Fun in the Inclusive Maths Classroom: Equal Sharing of Success (with Sabine Partington)
- 2015 – No Textbook, No Topics, No Worries! (with Toby Mahoney and Nataline Cumming)
- 2013 – Being Positive About Negative Numbers
- MERGA presenation
- 2010 – Percentages; The effect of problem structure, number complexity and calculation format