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Maths Craft in Class

  • University of Canterbury Christchurch New Zealand (map)

In response to many requests, Maths Craft is now offering free professional development for school teachers. We’re inviting intermediate maths teachers to join us for a two-day workshop at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, dedicated to bringing Maths Craft to maths class. Places are limited to 15 participants, and applications (PDF, Word) close at 5pm on Monday September 17. 

The Workshop

Participants will improve their mathematical thinking and self-efficacy in mathematics, and learn concrete techniques for engaging their students with mathematics in the classroom. Participants will learn ways to decrease student fear of mathematics and increase mathematical confidence, with the ultimate aim of instilling a higher appreciation of its importance as a subject to continue studying. 

We are running a two-day workshop to train teachers to take Maths Craft into their maths class. The workshops will run from 9.30am-4:30pm on October 2 and 3 at the University of Canterbury. Over the two days, participants will learn four Maths Craft activities from mathematicians Drs Jeanette McLeod and Phil Wilson, and create draft lesson plans based on each of the activities under the supervision of mathematics education lecturer Dr David Pomeroy. Participants will leave the workshop with a portfolio of Maths Craft lesson plans which tie into the New Zealand curriculum, instructional handouts written by mathematicians, and craft material for their own classes. After the workshops, there will be a feedback session from 1-4pm on Saturday November 10 aimed at sharing your experiences of implementing Maths Craft activities in the classroom. We will answer questions, trouble-shoot problems, and gather feedback from participants. 


While the workshop will be based in Christchurch, we are accepting applications from across New Zealand. If you are able to arrange your own travel and accommodation, you will be very welcome at our workshop.

To apply, please complete an application form (PDF, Word) and email it to Applications close at 5pm on Monday September 17, and successful applicants will be contacted by Friday September 21. 

For your convenience, we have prepared an information sheet for Principals which explains the Maths Craft in Class professional development workshops and the associated research study.

This a pilot programme being run in Christchurch. If you have questions or are interested in this programme being run in your area, please get in touch and let us know. Email or tweet to @GraphyJ.

Earlier Event: July 1
Christchurch Maths Craft Day
Later Event: May 1
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