Mathematical Association of Tasmania

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'Algebra as Storytelling' and 'Number Genetics': A Day with AMT's Mike Clapper

Mike with MAT Logo - Cropped

If you would like to teach algebra and number better, this is the workshop for you! The day will consist of two sessions: 'Algebra as Storytelling' and 'Number Genetics'. Mike Clapper takes a narrative approach to algebra that is sure to capture the interest of all students. He will then unlock the full potential of numbers with a focus on primes. Key pitfalls of teaching algebra and number will be discussed and you will be given a range of strategies to assist your students in better understanding these areas of mathematics. This workshop is designed for mathematics teachers of students in Years 5 - 12, from gifted students through to students who struggle with mathematics. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. You will come away with:

  • Key understandings about algebra and number
  • Strategies for sharing these understandings with students
  • Activities to use in the classroom (including scaffolded problems written by Mike)
  • Extension and enrichment tasks

Who for: Teachers of Years 5 - 12

When: 8:30am - 3:00pm, Friday 23rd March 2018

Where: Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside (Launceston)

Cost: $130 (Individual MAT Members), $150 (Institutional MAT Members), $200 (Non-members). Not sure of your membership status? Contact MAT Membership Secretary, Mr. Nathan Peterson ( For all other queries, please contact the event organiser, Mrs. Emily Peterson (

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Mike Clapper

A previous Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), Mike Clapper is Chief Mathematician for AMT, chair of the AMT's Problems Committees, a member of the Australian Mathematics Foundation (which is responsible for administering the Australian Mathematics Competition), and a member of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee. While he is well-known for his involvement in mathematics extension programs, Mike is keen to make mathematics accessible to all. He has over 40 years experience as a principal and teacher in England and Australia. Mike is an excellent speaker who clearly communicates the heart of each concept in a way that appeals to students of a variety of ages. It is a privilege to learn from him.

For more details about this workshop, please contact the event organiser, Mrs. Emily Peterson ( This event is run by the Mathematical Association of Tasmania (