Dan Finkel - How Mathematicians Play (International)

Professional development (PD) Auckland, Otago

Posted: 29 October 2019
Notice reference #: 1HA10U

Dan’s curriculum has been used by thousands of students, and is known for its combination of rigor and play.

Play is one of the most effective ways to explore new contexts and make connections. Still, play without boundaries won’t help us to achieve our teaching goals. We need to develop structures and strategies to connect meaningful exploration and develop true mathematical understanding. 

This session will focus on concrete methods to marry play and rigor in math class. Using conjectures and counterexamples, classroom openers, and other routines, we can build a classroom culture that motivates students to think more deeply and take ownership of their own mathematical learning.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use conjectures and counterexamples to deepen mathematical learning, build a positive classroom culture, and engage in mathematical play. We'll apply the process of playing with conjectures and counterexamples to exploration patterns in multiplication and arithmetic, and find how rich even simple-seeming problems can become

  • Leave with a deeper sense of the richness of mathematics, and how play generates curiosity, builds conceptual understanding and strategic competence, and promotes lasting learning.

Dan Finkel is the Founder of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organisation devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. Dan develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education nationally and internationally. His TEDx Talk, 5 Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching, has been viewed over half a million times. His puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Hindu, and as TED-Ed riddles.

Events summary


25 September 2020 – 25 September 2020


29 September 2020 – 29 September 2020

Further information

Contact: Fiona Madill

 (020) 404 91221