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A day with Dan Meyer: Intellectual need in the maths classroom 

“We threaten and we persuade. We try to add real-world context to problems. In spite of our efforts, students often still disengage from mathematics.”


We are thrilled to be bringing renowned educationalist Dan Meyer to Australia to work with teachers and mathematics educators in full day, hands-on workshops held on August 4th, 5th and 6th. A unique opportunity not to be missed.

The sessions are titled Intellectual Need in the Maths Classroom*. Dan will describe research-based methods for instilling in students a need for new learning. Participants will learn how to make the problem solving proficiency strand accessible to students, resulting in engagement and higher achievement.

As part of their work, Dan and the participants will construct a website full of resources, including a document of “rules for the road” – easily implemented techniques for putting students in that state of intellectual need. The website will remain online after the workshop is complete.

*All teachers are welcome to attend, please note specific examples within these sessions will focus on Year 5-9 classrooms. 

Unable to attend one of Dan’s workshops in Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane?

Don’t worry! Dan will also be holding two half-day workshops as part of the wider program of sessions of main Love Learning Conference in Sydney. Simply include one of Dan’s sessions when you are choosing which workshops to attend.


Don’t worry – you can still catch Dan at the main Love Learning Conference event in Sydney on Friday 8th August. Book your place today, tickets are selling fast.


Date: Monday 4th August.

Location: BioSA Conference Centre, West Thebarton Street, Thebarton.

Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Date: Tuesday 5th August

Location: Melbourne Conference and Training Centre, 477 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Date: Wednesday 6th August

Location: Moda Events Portside, Hercules St, Hamilton, Brisbane.

Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Date: Friday 8th August.

Location: AERIAL UTS Function Centre, Ultimo, Sydney

Time: As part of the main Love Learning Conference event, Dan will be holding two half-day versions of his workshop – at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Delegates to the conference may choose to attend one of these sessions as part of the day’s selection of workshops.


“Best PD ever. For real. There were lots of great ideas that I can actually implement in my classroom starting Monday. There were lots of great examples that he was able to involve us in – and Dan was so passionate and engaging. The day flew by. Genuinely the best PD I have been to – I’m coming back!”

Teacher, NSW

“The absolute best PD I’ve had, ever… I can’t wait to try out all of these resources!!”

Teacher, VIC

About Dan Meyer

Meet Dan Meyer with Mathletics

As a part-time Googler, provocative blogger and friend of 3P Learning (not to mention a full-time High School maths teacher), Dan’s perspective on curriculum design, teacher education and teacher retention is informed by tech trends and online discourse as much as front-line experience with students.

Dan has spun off his enlightening message – that teachers “be less helpful” and push their students to formulate the steps to solve maths problems – into a global tour-of-duty on the speaking circuit. His talks and seminars are hugely engaging and universally well received. This is Dan’s third year with the Love Learning conference season.

“I teach high school math. I sell a product to a market that doesn’t want it, but is forced by law to buy it.”  D Meyer

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