• Mathematics

Making the Most of Maths Games Conference: 5 Guiding Principles

PL # 13650
Starting on 20 Apr 2023
Cancellation permitted until 13 Apr 2023

Registration Close : 13 Apr 2023

Delivery Format : In Person

Pricing Normal
For Members $150
For Catholic Members $200
For Non-Members $250
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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 practise 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 a short Keynote and then select one of the two options offered for each of the three (3) breakout sessions.  The program 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 Term 2 2023 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 Dunstan<span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

David is the AISWA Numeracy Coordinator and has worked with AISWA for over 12 years.  He taught mathematics to rural students in WA for 28 years.  David regularly presents at state and national conferences, and delivers ‘hands-on’ workshops, which includes, “Playing with Place Value” and “A Whole School Approach to Problem Solving and Word Problems”. In collaboration with Dr Paul Swan, David has co-authored 16 books, which includes the “Check the Clues” series, “My Word Book: Mathematics” and the 2022 published, “Problem Solving, Word Problems with Counters”.

Sheila Griffin(AISWA Staff)

Numeracy Consultant
Sheila Griffin<span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Numeracy Consultant

Sheila has a passion for improving the teaching of mathematics by supporting schools and teachers through targeted professional learning and practical differentiated classroom ideas. Sheila is co-author of Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books 1,2 and 3 with Dr Paul Swan which was shortlisted at the national publication awards in 2022.

Sheila has a primary school background working in the state school sector where she had a range of Numeracy and leadership 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 an award for her whole school approach to the teaching of Consumer and Financial Literacy.

Dr Paul Swan

Dr Paul Swan

Dr Paul Swan has many years of experience having taught at the primary secondary and tertiary level. He has written many books and games and created resources to help support teachers and the teaching of mathematics. His website www.drpaulswan.com.au contains many further support materials, many which are free.

He is the recipient of many awards, the most recent being for the development and publishing of Bond Blocks. Recently he has developed video PL courses and offers live and pre-recorded video PL as well as face to face PL.

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Event Segment

Date / Time

20 Apr 2023 Starts: 09:00 Finishes: 15:00

Delivery Format : In Person

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). To use these bays, you will need to first download the EasyPark App on your phone. https://bit.ly/3R63Ndg When you arrive you can scan the QR code on the parking meter to pay for your parking using the app. Please note that the meters are no longer accepting cash or card payments. Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

PL Hours : 6.00

Learning Area

  • Mathematics

School Area

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

Event Contact

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