MathsCraft: Session Leader Workshop

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  • 21 November 2018 - 25 November 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Organisers: Anthony Harradine (ACEMS, Potts-Baker Institute,Prince Alfred College), Anita Ponsaing (ACEMS, University of Melbourne), Nigel Bean (ACEMS, University of Adelaide).

Program Description:

This professional development event will give you more information about the MathsCraft program, and equip you to become a leader of MathsCraft sessions in your area.

What is MathsCraft?

In their work, research mathematicians do not generally:

  • Sit competitions
  • Have daily lessons or lectures
  • Study for tests and exams

So what do they do? Among other things, they use previously learned facts and know-how to build solutions to problems, problems that they initially have no idea how to solve.

In MathsCraft sessions, teachers and students get to do just this, in a supportive, collaborative, conversation rich environment. The MathsCraft session leader poses problems, provokes participants and organises the sharing of the ideas that come up in the group. The problems are constructed to give students and teachers an authentic experience of doing mathematical research, at their level.

MathsCraft sessions have been running since 2012, led by Anthony Harradine, Director of the Potts–Baker Institute at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. Since 2015, in collaboration with ACEMS, sessions have been held in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, at schools and at universities.

More about MathsCraft

Who might be a good session leader?

A MathsCraft session leader might be a secondary teacher of mathematics who:

  • Likes mathematics;
  • Is generally inquisitive;
  • Is not afraid of problems that they cannot solve;
  • Believes that students can solve problems by themselves, if the problems are appropriate;
  • Is interested in learning how to help students develop reasoned responses to a problem, as opposed to providing them with solutions;
  • Wants to learn more than they already know.

What you will get out of it / your commitment

This training workshop will give you the knowledge and resources needed to be a MathsCraft Session Leader and run MathsCraft sessions on your own. You will have to be willing to conduct 2 MathsCraft sessions in 2019, and have your school’s support to do so. We will provide ongoing support for the running of these sessions.

The approaches used in MathsCraft sessions can be applied more generally to the everyday classroom. This workshop will include sessions that illustrate how topics like Pythagoras Theorem can be transformed into a research-like experience for students.

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

To express interest in applying for this workshop, please contact Anita Ponsaing <>

Program Details and Materials:
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  • Deadline: (two months before event start)
  • Registration is by invitation only