FAQ

OUT OF THE BOX

At Inquisitive Minds, we believe that you get what you pay for! Our Workshops are completely unique. You will not find a workshop like this elsewhere! Keep in mind that when you pay for "Out of the Box", you are paying for quality professional learning for your teachers and for four members of our team to teach, motivate and entertain your students. You are paying for months of development, the specialised experience of our team, the hand-made resources and the hours of packing and repacking the hands-on equipment. The list goes on….. Try us and see for yourself. We find that once schools have had the Inquisitive Minds experience, they don’t look back….
Some schools use money from their budget. Many schools find though, that parents are more than willing to pay for quality educational experiences such as "Out of the Box" for themselves. We have recently heard of schools funding part of the cost of a day and asking parents to pay the gap.
Central Venues: The price for a four hour workshop (including breaks) in a Central Venue is $35 (plus GST) per head.

In-School Workshops: When you hire us for a day in your school, we do not charge a per head price. The price for a whole day of workshops is $2050 (plus GST). It is up to you how you use our time. We are able to run two half day workshops, each catering for up to 90 students or two three shorter workshops, each catering for up to 90 students. The cost of a part-day workshop is $1800 (plus GST). For this price, we will run two workshops, with each workshop catering for up to 90 students. One workshop will run from the start of the day until first break and one from first until second break.
Phone or email Inquisitive Minds to register interest. Discuss the structure of your day with Inquisitive MInds. Pay a $200 deposit to Inquisitive Minds to secure your booking. Book your school hall. Hand out and collect permission slips and money from students. (We will email you a permission note.) Complete a risk assessment. (We will email you a risk assessment.) Organise enough helpers so that there is at least one assistant for each ten students. Pay the outstanding balance at least two weeks prior to the event. Photocopy the handouts which will be emailed to you. Set up the school hall with a data projector and screen, tables and chairs prior to the day. (Hall set up plan will be emailed to you and if the projector is an issue, just let us know.) Organise access to your hall, so that Inquisitive Minds are able to start setting up an hour before the start of you first Workshop. Assist with supervision and marking throughout the day.
We recommend that there is at least one assistant for every ten students who attend an OOTB Workshop. This ensures that students have their answers marked quickly and gives time for individualised instruction. Assistants may include teachers, teacher’s aides, parents or older students. If you are able to provide more assistants than required, this will enable the day to run even more effectively. We have found that having more assistants allows teachers to take more time to help students who are struggling and it also allows them to take time to observe what areas of work students are finding easier and what they are finding more challenging.
We are able to cater for up to 90 students at one time.
All of our Workshops target strategic problem solving, but each has a different different content and focus. The focus of our Stage 2 OOTB Workshops is to help students with the literacy of problem solving. We offer two different Stage 2 Workshops. In our first Stage 2 Workshop, we teach students' logical reasoning skills and the process of problem solving. We model the use of Newman's Error Analysis throughout this Workshop. In our alternate year Stage 2 Workshop, we look at interpreting questions, drawing diagrams and making models. The focus of our Stage 3 OOTB Workshops is to extend students' problem solving toolkit. We offer two different Workshops to Stage 3 students. In our first Stage 3 Workshop, we model the use of Newman's Error Analysis and build on students' ability to use logical reasoning. We also look at working backwards, (which is a foundational skill for solving equations once they move to high school). In our alternate year Stage 3 Workshop, we look at the value of using models and diagrams in the problem solving process. We also specifically target the need for students to look for patterns when they solve problems. Our Talented Stage 3 Workshops focus on the same strategies as our standard Stage 3 Workshops, only they use different questions and dealve a lot deeper ....
Yes. We pitch the mini-lesson differently when presenting it to different groups. We can adapt the content and presentation to make it easier or more challenging, depending on the needs and/or ages of your students. The hands-on relay starts with easy questions and works up to very challenging ones. The easy questions are designed to be challenging, yet achievable, for students who struggle with maths. Very capable students will move through the easy section of the relay very quickly and then spend the bulk of their time on the more challenging questions. In this way, the relay caters for students from a range of different abilities.
In a word – BOTH! OOTB is a workshop designed to help students to solve problems more strategically. It explicitly outlines the steps involved in the problem solving process. It shows students the value of using ‘tricks’ when solving problems and gives them the opportunity of using some of these in a hands-on problem solving relay. Teachers attend OOTB with their students. As they watch the workshop unfold, they will have the excitement of seeing their students completely engaged in a cooperative learning maths experience. They will see their students “Working Mathematically” and observe unique and innovative ways of presenting maths in a REAL LIFE context! There is also the oprion of adding an Inquisitive Minds Professional Learning session at the end of your day of student Workshops.

PPPP

At Inquisitive Minds, we believe that you get what you pay for! Our Workshops are completely unique. You will not find a workshop like this elsewhere! Keep in mind that when you pay for PPPP, you are paying for three members of our team to teach, motivate and entertain your students. You are paying for months of development, the specialised experience of our team, the hand-made resources and the hours of packing and repacking the hands-on equipment. The list goes on….. Try us and see for yourself. We find that once schools have had the PPPP experience, they don’t look back….
Some schools use money from their maths, numeracy or G&T budget. Many schools find though, that parents are more than willing to pay for quality educational experiences such as PPPP for themselves. We have recently heard of schools funding part of the cost of a day and asking parents to pay the gap. Keep in mind that a one hour dance or drama lesson and a half day maths program cost about the same amount of money. A whole day holiday program of similar educational value would cost at least twice our full day price!
Central Venues: The price for a five hour workshop (including breaks) in a Central Venue is $40 (plus GST) per head.

In-School Workshops: When you hire us for a day in your school, we do not charge a per head price. The price for a whole day of workshops is $2050 (plus GST). The price for a part day (until lunch time) is $1800 (plus GST). There is a surcharge if you have more than 60 students in each workshop. If we are employed for the day, we tend to run a whole day workshop, two half day workshops, or three 100 minute workshops. If we are employed for a part day, we tend to run one 200 minute workshop or two 100 minute workshops. We are flexible with the structure of your day, so please contact us to discuss any other formats that may work for your school.
Central Venues: 9:15 Students start to arrive - puzzles available while waiting for official start. 9:30 Interactive Lesson on Problem Solving Strategies (10 minute break at some stage of morning for recess) 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Hands-on Problem Solving Competition 2:30 End of day

In-School Workshops: Below is a list of possible options for a day in your school. Option 1 Catering for three separate groups of students Each group of students experience: 1 X 50 minute Interactive Lesson on Problem Solving Strategies 1 X 50 minute Hands-on Problem Solving Competition Option 2 Catering for two separate groups of students. Each group of students experience: 1 X 75 minute Interactive Lesson on Problem Solving Strategies 1 X 75 minute Hands-on Problem Solving Competition Option 3 Catering for one group of students. Students experience: 1 X 90 minute Interactive Lesson on Problem Solving Strategies 1 X 150 minute Hands-on Problem Solving Competition 1 X 60 minute Minds in Motion Workshop Variations Some other variations we have catered for include: - 6 x 50 minute Workshops, with a Hands-on Problem Solving Competition (no lesson) for each group. - 2 x 100 minute Mainstream Workshops with 60 students in each and an afternoon Workshop with 20 students from a Support Unit. - 2 x 100 minute Workshops. Part day. - 2 x 2 hour Workshops. Part day. The list shown above is by no means exhaustive. Let us know your needs, and we can tailor a day to you!
The benefits of involving older students as assistants in your PPPP Workshop are enormous! The students enjoy the interaction and it builds stronger relationships between year groups. It frees teachers and Inquisitive Minds team to give more individualised attention to the students participating in the workshop. The experience develops mathematical confidence in the older students and gives them a leadership opportunity. Being part of the Workshop also gives older students the chance to see some new strategies and thus improve their own problem solving skills!
Most schools do not find timetabling to be an issue. We have found that when timetabling is an issue, schools generally choose to run a whole day of Maths or STEM activities for their entire year group. They make up their own activities and students rotate through them and our Workshop over the course of the day.
Most schools run Workshops with 60 or less students. However, we have been known to cater for up to 120 students at one time. There is a surcharge if there are more than 60 students in a Workshop. We also ask schools with large groups to provide extra teachers or older students to help with marking.
Central Venues: In days at a central venue, a teacher will need to arrive with students from their school. The teacher will be responsible for active supervision of their students throughout the workshop and during the lunch break. Teachers will also be required to assist students and mark their answers.  

In-School Workshops: For Workshops in Sydney Schools, we require at least one teacher to attend with each class. Teachers will actively supervise and assist students. They will also mark their answers. For workshops in Regional schools, we require at least three teachers to attend all sessions. Teachers will actively supervise and assist students. They will also mark answers. Participants would benefit from extra teachers, or students from higher years helping out on the day. We can run effectively run the day without this support, but more assistance with marking allows more individualised attention for students.
Central Venues: Phone or email Inquisitive Minds to register interest. We will email you a Registration Form, Risk Assessment, Media Release and Permission Note. Fill in the Registration Form and email the completed form to Inquisitive Minds. This is a commitment to bring students to the Workshop. We will email an invoice to you. Hand out and collect Permission Notes, Media Release Forms (optional) and money from students. Pay the outstanding balance at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Let us know how many teachers will be attending and if any of these teachers have any food allergies or intolerances - as we provide lunch for attending teachers. Email an Excel spread-sheet with student names at least 2 weeks prior to the event -enabling us to print personalised Participation Certificates.  

In-School Workshops: Phone or email Inquisitive Minds to register interest. We will email you a Registration Form, Risk Assessment, Media Release and Permission Note. Pay a $200 deposit to secure your booking. Fill in the Registration Form (which includes details on the size of each Workshop, the ability level of students and how the Workshops will fit in with bell times). Book the school hall or an equivalent space. Hand out and collect Permission Notes, Media Release Forms (optional) and money from students. Pay the outstanding balance at least two weeks prior to the event. We will email you some handouts and a plan for how to set up the hall. Photocopy the handouts. Set up the school hall with tables, chairs, a projector and screen. Organise access to the hall for us - we normally arrive an hour before the first Workshop to set up our equipment.
Central Venues: As stated above, the central days typically cater for more capable students in Years 8 to 10.  

In-School Workshops: In your school, we can tailor each session to meet the specific educational needs of students of students from Year 7 to Year 10. We have developed an assortment of lessons on problem solving strategies. When you book a day with us, just let us know the ability level of your classes. We can then pick the lesson that is most appropriate for your students. There are 54 original hands-on problems, which range from 1 to 10 point questions. Students do not have to attempt questions in order. This ensures that students of all abilities have access to stimulating challenges.
In 2013, PPPP was designed with Year 8 in mind. Since then, we have adapted PPPP so that it can be run for Year 7 - 10. Our in-school Workshops work best for Year 7 - 9. Our Talented Workshops are best for Year 8 - 10. Our Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 Talented Workshops have completely different lessons.
Central Venues: A day in a central venue is an ideal way to offer PPPP to a smaller group of talented mathematicians from your school. The day provides students with a stimulating and challenging experience. It also gives them an opportunity to mix with and learn alongside students of similar mathematical ability. Students will participate in 240 minutes of problem solving. First, they work on puzzles while waiting for other students to arrive. Then, we officially start the day with a ‘Complession’ (Competition/ Lesson). In this Completion, students attempt a selection of hands-on logical reasoning questions, learn a range of problem solving strategies and have the opportunity of practising these strategies. After an early lunch, we place students in mixed school pairs to participate in our hands-on problem solving competition. During this competition, they work through our generous selection of problems which range from quite easy to extremely difficult. Students leave the day with a collection of past Australian Mathematics Competition questions to practice. These will be supplemented with full worked solutions.

In-School Workshops: A day in your school is an economical way to expose larger groups of students to PPPP. You book us for the day, then you decide how you wish the day to be used. Sesions generally cater for around 60, but can be run for smaller or larger groups of students. The sessions tend to last for as little as 100 minutes, or as long as an entire school day (though we have run sessions as short as 50 minutes by special request). The level of difficulty and content of sessions will be adjusted to cater to the educational needs of the students in each session. All of the activities that are available in a central venue are on offer in your school. The advantage here is choice! Let us know what your needs are and we can tailor a day to you!


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