I met Jo Boaler Today

17 04 2015

This is certainly a career highlight. I have been reading Jo’s books for years and following her ideas and online courses. 

I now have a signed copy of her latest book.


Jo now has a Möbius scarf which I knitted.


Following this highlight, I wandered around he exhibition lounge of the NCTM conference for an hour or so. There are over 10000 attendants and over 700 presentations on Maths teaching for all levels of schooling. I am blown away by the number of resources and manipulatives to support Maths teaching. I saw sets of cards on numerous mathematical topics following the idea of I have…. (This answers the previous students question) Who has…. I have been designing tiles, dominoes and paper cards along this line ever since I saw a preschool version drilling vocab or shapes, years ago.

I then came across the stand promoting #MTBoS   (MathTwitterBogosphere) which shares lots of cool Maths ideas and resources. I will certainly be following this up. There is also a website at exploremtbos.wordpress.com

And I finished the day by attending the presentation of Jo Boaler. 


That will be a later post to be fair to the presentation.


Maths Quest 10 is published

20 06 2014

My copy of Maths Quest 10 as a contributing author, arrived earlier in the week.
Another exciting step in my teaching career.



In Print Again

26 08 2013

Today I received my copy of the Year 9 MathsQuest text for the National Curriculum.
I have contributed a number of the problems and written the Projects Plus topics.
It is exciting to see my name on the cover.


Blogging strategies

2 06 2013

As I shared with a friend recently that I have achieved 2000 visits to my blog, I was asked what was my secret for getting new visits.

This is what I listed

  • regular blogging
  • adding tags 
  • sharing your blog address with colleagues
  • using your blog for conference handouts so you always have a handout for everyone and do not waste paper

Full of Mathematics

28 01 2013

I have just finished knitting this circular baby rug. It has taken 35 – 40 hours of constant counting. The centre section involved 35 rows of increasing until there were 289 stitches. The patterned section consisted of 17 patterns of 8 rows and then the edging required 16 rows for every 8 stitches.


Reflections column

23 07 2012

Reflections is the quarterly publication of the Mathematics Association of NSW (MANSW).

Last week’s issue saw the introduction of my regular column Mathematical Apps for the iPhone and iPad.

is the relevant editorial paragraph with the article Mathematical apps for the iPhone and iPad

The highlight of my career

3 11 2009

Last Thursday I was one of 18 teachers to receive an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence. It was presented at Parliament House by the Deputy Prime Minster, Julia Gillard


My citation