How does a mathematician think about and solve a problem?
MathsCraft demonstration sessions 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 demonstration sessions are run periodically by our Session Leaders at schools around the country.
Duration: 3 hours
Teachers: Attending student workshops can be counted as self-identified PD. See the event page for suggestions of specific AITSL standards.
Students in Years 5-9. (Each school may send three students and one teacher.)
Free (Morning tea provided, BYO lunch)
Attending this event can be counted as Professional Development under the following AITSL categories: 1.5, 3.1, 6.2, 7.4
This event is being run as part of the University of Melbourne Maths Roadshow for National Science Week. After lunch there will be a “Maths and Music” presentation in the Girton Grammar School Lecture Theatre.
Teacher PD & Session Leader Events
We run two kinds of professional development workshops for maths teachers:
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.
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.”