Playfulness and Curiosity


With the relentless demands on classroom teachers, we have to work quite hard to ‘make space’ for ourselves and our students to engage with mathematical ideas that interest us, in a playful and curious way. Despite playfulness and curiosity being the essence of what mathematicians bring to a problem, I contend that ‘school and system demands’ pose many barriers to teachers and students behaving in a similar way.

This session will share some classroom and whole-school approaches that we, as teachers, might develop a sense of community between ourselves and amongst our student in exploring some problems, and develop some dispositions that I perceive mathematicians might naturally do.

Please bring your playfulness and curiosity to bear on a problem or two. And before I forget, also bring your iThing to use as well.


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