Month: March 2016
This past week, I had the joy of being part of Inspire Innovate 2016, a conference of almost 500 educators from across NSW (and some from further than that!). It was a pretty intense experience, with some sharp keynotes and a range of really practical breakout sessions. I came away very satisfied for the two days that I had to spend away from school to be a part of it. Definitely recommend it to others if you have the opportunity to attend.
I had the privilege of presenting two workshops, one on strategies for teaching mathematics and the other on what I’ve learned from doing Wootube for 3 years. As is my style, I also took a copious amount of handwritten notes – 11 pages worth – to document the sessions and help me reflect on what I was learning.
If you’re interested, here’s a download link to the full PDF: Eddie Woo’s notes from Inspire Innovate 2016
And here’s a selection of my tweets to #inspirensw during the conference.
Learning mathematics is about understanding and mastering content and skills. The content includes topics such as algebra, trigonometry and probability. In the NSW syllabus, the skills are called “Working Mathematically”…
That’s how my primer on Working Mathematically begins. I’ve been wanting to put together something like this for a long time, but the impetus to actually write it all down in a systematic way came when I was training some of our year 11 students to be peer tutors for year 7 students at our school. It occurred to me that while they were probably familiar with some of the ideas, most of them had never been formally introduced to the language of Working Mathematically – and language is powerful. It helps us see, appreciate and work toward things more effectively.
You can download the PDF here.