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Inquisitive Minds is the brain-child of Debbie Smith, a skilled secondary Mathematics educator.

Debbie has a passion for improving student attitude and performance in Mathematics.

She has a talent for creating activities, competitions, games and hands-on resources that require students to think ‘outside the box’.

Debbie shares her ideas and experience through Inquisitive Minds Professional Learning sessions.

Cups and Counters

Primary School Teachers (K - 6)

'Cups and Counters' is a 90 - 120 minute Professional Learning Workshop which looks on ways of incorporating concrete materials (primarily cups and counters) into teaching.

The focus of the session is looking at the problem solving strategies:

  • Look for a Pattern
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Working Backwards

During the session, teachers will:

  • Attempt a variety of problems and activities.
  • Explore efficient strategies which could be used to solve these problems.
  • Write some problems of their own.
  • Brainstorm ways of implementing activities in their own classrooms.

Schools will be left with a copy of all problems and solutions presented in the session.

  • If time permits, this session will include one of our 'Out of the Box' Relays. This will give teachers the experience of a competitive maths challenge and will open their mind to a range of different ways that concrete materials and problem solving can be used in their classrooms.

Contact us to request a 'Cups and Counters' Workshop.

Scissors, Paper, Tiles

Primary School Teachers (K - 6)

'Scissors, Paper, Tiles' is a 90 - 120 minute Professional Learning Workshop which looks on ways of incorporating concrete materials (primarily paper strips and tiles) into teaching the four operations.

The focus of the session is looking at the problem solving strategies

  • Make a Model
  • Draw a Diagram

and has been adapted from the Bar-Model Method.

During the session, teachers will:

  • See creative, hands-on approaches to teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Discuss how these approaches could be applied in their particular Stage.

Schools will be left with a copy of all problems and solutions presented in the session. 

  • If time permits, this session will include one of our 'Out of the Box' Relays. This will give teachers the experience of a competitive maths challenge and will open their mind to a range of different ways that concrete materials and problem solving can be used in their classrooms.

Contact us to request a 'Scissors, Paper, Tiles' Workshop.

Problems, Patterns, Pictures, Puzzles Workshops for your staff

Secondary Teachers

Many Maths teachers have bought students along to our PPPP Workshops for Year 7 to 10 and suggested that we run this as a Teachers Workshop to improve the problem solving skills and mathematical confidence of teachers. 

After hearing this recommendation over and over, we have now decided to offer this option to schools. 

Running PPPP for staff is an ideal way for schools to raise the profile of Maths amongst their staff and also a great way of improving numeracy skills and confidence in teachers across KLA's.

Read More about PPPP Workshops ... to see more information about our PPPP Workshops.

Contact us to request a PPPP Workshop for your next Staff Development day.

 

** Professional Learning Sessions may be run at the end of a full day of Inquisitive Minds Workshops (a very cost effective option) or as a stand-alone Workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

“Great workshop – well structured, student centred, critical thinking processes. Thanks.” - Michelle Slee     
"The children, all ability levels were so engaged. They were out of their seats dancing and shouting with excitement. Thank you."   - Anne Ward 
"Just brilliant! The students were buzzing with ideas and completely engaged."   - Liane Nixon 
“Fantastic organisation and orchestration. Kids engaged and competitive.” - Marianne Degning
“A vibrant and exciting problem solving morning. All students active and engaged for 3 hours. Great for all levels of ability.” - Phil Rigby
“You made Maths come alive for students who usually detest Maths. You held them captive for 300 minutes. Well done!!” - Patricia Allum
"Fantastic, I have never seen kids so engaged and eager to learn."   - Andrew Campbell
"Our students created memories of challenge, laughter and good times." - Mark Liddell