Lifelong Impact: Playfulness and curiosity (F - Y10)


My observations of early childhood teachers is that they quite naturally foster a strong culture of playfulness and curiosity in their classrooms. Parents expect it - Students revel in it - Teachers deliver it!

As a community of teachers, we have to actively work to continue this classroom ethos on into the later years of students’ learning. Many barriers exist! 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.

Using some interesting problems as a vehicle, this keynote will share some practical classroom and whole-school approaches that can be used to develop a sense of community between ourselves and amongst our students. In time, strategies relevant to your setting will nudge the disposition of your students towards their mathematics learning. As teachers, we hope to have an impact on their learning, drawing on the thinking and approaches that is in the DNA of mathematicians.

Bring your playfulness and curiosity to bear on a problem or two. And before I forget, please bring your ‘iThing’ to participate in the ‘workflow’, to have an impact in your classroom.

Matthew Skoss

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
F-5 07/12/2018 09:00 am 10:00 am La Trobe University


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