Student Workshops

How does a mathematician think about and solve a problem?

MathsCraft student workshops aim to give students and their teachers a taste of the answer to this question, by letting them experience the process for themselves. Students, teachers, and mathematicians are brought together to work on problems through spotting patterns, making conjectures, and convincing themselves and those around them.

MathsCraft student workshops are run periodically by our Session Leaders at schools around the country.

Teachers: Attending student workshops can be counted as self-identified PD. See the event page for suggestions of specific AITSL standards.

Upcoming Student Workshops


MathsCraft - Ruyton Girls' School, Melbourne

Victoria

October 25, 2019


MathsCraft - St Mary's Catholic College, Cairns

Queensland

November 1, 2019


MathsCraft - MATRIX, Creswick

Victoria

November 21, 2019


Teacher PD & Session Leader Events

We run two kinds of professional development workshops for maths teachers:

Red Cube MathsCraft & the everyday maths classroom

These 1-day workshops are designed to be an introduction to MathsCraft ideas. They are run with the aim of helping teachers give their students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ while at the same time supporting success in tests and examinations.

In this workshop participants are tasked with solving various ‘simple’ problems, and in doing so, a way of working will reveal itself that offers an alternative to teaching just the calculations associated with mathematical ideas. Participants learn how to give your students an authentic experience of ‘doing maths’ in much the same way that professional mathematicians do.

Single-day PD

 

Blue Cube Immersive PD Workshops

Our 5-day immersive Session Leader PD workshops are held annually. This workshop will give you the knowledge and resources needed to run MathsCraft problem sessions, whether for your own class, students in your school, or as an event for schools in your local area. The workshop will also cover how the approaches used in MathsCraft sessions can be applied more generally to the everyday classroom — it will include sessions that illustrate how topics like Pythagoras Theorem can be transformed into a research-like experience for students.

During the 5 days you will tackle the same sorts of problems that are given to students in the sessions, and analyse the resulting experience. The workshop also includes a student MathsCraft session with school groups from the local area.

Quotes from past attendees

“In all my years of teaching I have never learnt so much in the time available. I wish we could have more exposure to this type of learning/teaching.”

“Seeing how mathematicians work has shown me how valuable different representations are to the thinking process.”

“It is very important to recognise that this event was likely more valuable than all of my previous PD combined.”

“Amazing. Exhausting, fun, really really hard work...”

“I like the fact that we've been sent to bed each night struggling with at least one problem.”

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MathsCraft Immersive PD Workshop


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Enabling your students to work in a way that is similar to the way a research mathematician works can dramatically change the classroom experience, for the better. Would you like to find out how, for example, a topic like Pythagoras' Theorem could be approached a little differently?

This immersive professional development event, facilitated by Anthony and Anita, will give you more information about the MathsCraft program, and equip you to run MathsCraft problem sessions for your own class as well as for schools in your local area.

 

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is aimed at teachers of mathematics who:

  • Like mathematics;
  • Are generally inquisitive;
  • Are not afraid of problems that they can not solve;
  • Believe that students can have original ideas about problems, if the problems are appropriate;
  • Are interested in learning how to help students develop their ideas into reasoned responses to the problem;
  • Wants to learn more than they already know.

 

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Attendance, food and board are all free.

Shuttles will be provided from Ballarat train station on Wed 20th, and to Melbourne airport/Melbourne city on Sun 24th, but you or your school will have to cover any further travel costs.

 

What you will get out of it / your commitment

This workshop will give you the knowledge and resources needed to run MathsCraft problem sessions, whether for your own class, students in your school, or as an event for schools in your local area. The workshop will also cover how the approaches used in MathsCraft sessions can be applied more generally to the everyday classroom — it will include sessions that illustrate how topics like Pythagoras Theorem can be transformed into a research-like experience for students.

This workshop is offered for free, on the understanding that you will run 4 MathsCraft activities in your own classroom or school in 2020 (one per term), and share with us a picture of the resulting whiteboards along with a brief description of what happened in the session. These may be published on this website.

In addition we hope that you, with support from your school, will choose to conduct MathsCraft sessions for schools in your area. We will provide ongoing support for the running of these sessions.

Official Professional Development certification will be provided by the University of Adelaide.

 

Feedback from a past attendee:

"In terms of the week I would say to others:
1) You will meet very clever people who are all there with the same purpose and who are highly motivated.
2) You will not talk anything social at breakfast or lunch because you will be obsessing over a problem that is bugging you. 
3) You will get hardly any sleep if you get obsessed with a problem.
4) You will have a great time if you are interested in maths.
5) You will leave feeling like you can change the world."


This event is being run with the support of:

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS),
The Potts-Baker Institute,
The Mathematical Research Institute (MATRIX), and
The University of Adelaide.


Annual teacher conference

Location:

MATRIX, Creswick VIC 3363

Start:

November 20, 2019, 1:00 pm

Finish:

November 24, 2019, 1:00 pm

Contact:

Anita Ponsaing with any queries