Why play mathematical games in primary mathematics?


We argue that there are several compelling reasons for playing games in the primary mathematics classroom that go beyond student engagement and developing computational fluency. Mathematical games leverage off the tension between competition and cooperation on the one hand, and between skill and luck on the other, to support the development of children’s social and emotional skills. Many games also provide opportunities for children to think tactically and strategically, as players have to consider both the short-term and long-term consequences of a particular action. Similarly, games can unlock critical and creative thinking, as children consider the opportunities and constraints afforded by the particular rules that must be followed. Finally, games can also be used to differentiate learning in an inclusive manner and to provide a context for parental engagement in their child’s schoolwork. These varied benefits of mathematical games are demonstrated through three examples of games developed by the presenters.

Toby Russo
James Russo

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
G-15 07/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University


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