Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Associate Professor of Mathematics Education) was invited to give his on-line Maths Through Stories training workshop to Early Primary and Primary PGCE trainees at the University of Cambridge on Monday 21st February 2022. This is now his third year supporting Cambridge trainees on the programme.
The workshop is informed by his research on enriching mathematics teaching and learning through the use of storytelling. To date, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai has now delivered his Maths Through Stories training workshop to over 1,300 in-service teachers and more than 2,000 teacher trainees across the UK and abroad.
The host, Alice Hehir (PGCE Early Primary and Primary Tutor, University of Cambridge), commented that:
“It was an absolute delight to hear Vincent speak so passionately to our trainee teachers about how maths can be taught through stories. Personally, I have learnt a lot and will endeavour to include stories more in my own sessions here at the Faculty and I know that the trainees also found the workshop equally inspiring. I particularly liked the idea of getting children to create their own stories and I believe that this would work well with even the youngest children. It’s so important that maths is seen as relevant, interesting and exciting; teaching maths through stories is one way of achieving this.”
Some of the trainees said:
“I admit that I had never really considered that maths could be taught in a meaningful, purposeful way and this workshop shed a completely new light on this for me. I came away with a completely reformed perspective, with so many new ideas and, very importantly, access to some really practical resources (via the MathsThroughStories.org website) to help me get started with implementing this into my own classroom. Thank you so much for such an insightful and inspiring session, which has undoubtedly influenced my maths teaching practice.”
“I would like to reiterate how much I enjoyed the Maths through Stories lecture! I feel like this is a great way to further encourage a cross-curricular approach in the early years and inspires exciting maths lessons.”