• Mathematics

Making the Most of Maths Games Conference: 5 Guiding Principles

PL # 13313.
Starting on 14 Jul 2022
Cancellation permitted until 11/07/2022
For Members$150
For Catholic Members$180
For Non-Members$210
Registration Close Date 8/07/2022
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


Games are often used to 'make maths fun' for practice or are used after the 'real work' has been completed. 


This jam-packed day will be based on five principles of educationally rich maths games.


All participants will attend the Keynote and then select one of the two options offered for each of the three (3) breakout sessions.  The programme is shown below.


Participants will receive a set of basic game materials and a booklet full of games targeting years 2 - 7, and also a variety of concepts, such as place value and time.


Our aim is for participants to leave the Conference invigorated to use maths games in their classrooms, for the second half of 2022 and beyond.


Time  Description Presenter
9.00AM Registration  
9.15AM Welcome and Housekeeping   
9.25AM Keynote: Five Principles for Choosing Maths Games Dr Paul Swan
  Session 1  
9.45AM Games not Just Trivial Pursuits (3 - 7) Dr Paul Swan
9.45AM Addition & Subtraction Warm Up Games (2 - 4) Sheila Griffin
11.00AM Morning Tea  
  Session 2  
11.30AM Using Games to Develop Place Value Understandings (3 - 7) David Dunstan
11.30AM Time & Money (2 - 4) Sheila Griffin
12.45PM Lunch  
  Session 3  
1.30PM Games in the Middle Primary Years (2 - 4) Dr Paul Swan
1.30PM Using Cards for Game Play and Assessment (3 - 7) David Dunstan
2.45PM Prize Draws  
2.55PM  Farewell  


David Dunstan (AISWA Staff)

Numeracy Coordinator

David is the AISWA Numeracy Coordinator and has worked with AISWA for 11 years.  He taught mathematics to rural students in WA for 28 years.  David regularly presents ‘hands-on’ workshops, which includes, “Playing with Place Value”, “Understanding the Connections that make Fractions Fit” and co-presents “A Whole School Approach to Problem Solving and Word Problems”. In collaboration with Dr Paul Swan, David has co-authored 13 books, which includes the “Check the Clues” series,  “My Word Book: Mathematics” and the 2020 “Mathematics Games with School Friendly Cards Book 2: Short & Simple Warm Up Games”.

Sheila Griffin (AISWA Staff)

Numeracy Consultant

Numeracy Consultant

Sheila joined AISWA in 2019. She has a Primary School background working in the state school sector where she had a range of Numeracy roles including the West Australian Project Officer for the teaching of Consumer and Financial Literacy education through the MoneySmart Program. Sheila has also delivered “hands on” Primary Maths workshops at Murdoch University.

She has received several awards with recognition at a national level when she was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Outstanding Primary Maths Teacher of the Year from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). Additionally, she received a national award for her whole school approach to the teaching of Consumer and Financial Literacy.

Sheila has a passion for improving the teaching of mathematics by supporting schools and teachers through targeted professional learning and practical classroom ideas.

She delivers hands on engaging professional learning to teachers in schools. Her sessions have included practical ideas and activities which can be implemented in the classroom the next day. Within sessions Sheila has provided clear ideas on how to differentiate student learning as well as assessment techniques. These have given teachers the confidence to meet the needs of their students.

Dr Paul Swan

Dr Paul Swan has taught mathematics in both primary and secondary schools and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Edith Cowan University in Australia for 18 years.

He has written over 50 books, authored numerous journal articles and created many types of mathematics games – board, card and digital. He currently designs mathematics manipulative materials and supports schools looking to improve the teaching of mathematics in both schools and across whole school systems (State, Catholic and Independent).

He has received numerous awards, including an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) for his work with School Leaders. For his contribution to Mathematics Education in his home state of Western Australia he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Mathematics Association of Western Australia. He regularly speaks on a variety of topics, particularly in early childhood and primary (elementary education). He received his PhD in 2002 for his study of the computational choices made by 10 - 12 year old students. He currently continues to write and develop materials that may be found on his website www.drpaulswan.com.au as well as acting as a private consultant and professional learning provider to schools.



Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 15:00


AISWA Training Room Suite 1
Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • Mathematics

School Area

  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
  • Year 7

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