Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education) was invited to give his Maths Through Stories training workshop for PGCE trainees at the University of Cambridge. Drawing from his research on enriching mathematics teaching and learning through the use of storytelling, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai designed a 2.5-hour Maths Through Stories workshop which has now been delivered to over 2,000 teacher trainees at 30 universities across the UK since 2017.
The host, Harriet Rhodes (PGCE Early Primary and Primary Tutor, University of Cambridge), commented that:
“This wonderful workshop provided a much needed foray into cross-curricular maths teaching. Vince’s evident commitment to the cause shone throughout this dynamic and engaging session. The trainees were captivated and designed thoughtful mathematics lessons based on the story picture books he had brought to show us. Thank you Vince, for your session and for the wonderful [MathsThroughStories.org] website resource.”
Some of the trainees said:
“It was amazing! So engaging and had a really good mixture of practical activities, advice and theory. We also had a lot of fun doing the activities. I feel more confident in planning lessons that combine maths and literature.”
“Brilliant workshop, with so many inspiring ideas for future maths lesson planning. My teaching will definitely include story picture books to introduce and consolidate maths concepts.”
“Fantastic workshop. So engaging, loved being able to look at maths story picture books + case studies + plan our lessons. I will definitely try and include stories in my placement maths lessons.”
To learn more about Dr. Trakulphadetkrai’s research interests, visit his profile page here and his MathsThroughStories.org project’s website here. He tweets at @NatthapojVinceT and @MathsStories.