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DIRECTOR - LEN COOPER


Len Cooper, director was responsible for setting up Family Maths 1987. He had just returned from visiting UK and USA investing Parent-Child Education in maths on a Shroff and Sons Educational Scholarship.
The model of Family Maths is promoted by Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley University San Francisco is the model that Family Maths New Zealand has been modelled upon.

As well as being involved with Family Maths Len is also a Mathematics Education Consultant.

Len Cooper was a Maths Adviser to teachers for many years and is now a private consultant working in the maths field. He is highly respected in the field of maths education in Auckland and across New Zealand. Len encourages teachers to include problem solving and investigations into their maths’ programmes to help children see the relevance of the mathematics they are learning. He runs practical courses/sessions that include many great ideas and activities to be used with children.

  • Accredited Numeracy Facilitator
  • Mathematics Education/Family Maths/Parent and Home Schooler education
  • Extension of More Able Students through higher level thinking problems and investigations
  • Agent for CIRCA & BUZZ Maths Magazines and MATHS on A STICK, whiteboard resources from Charles and Juliet Snape (UK)

Len is able to structure and facilitate Maths professional development to meet the needs of the school or group of teachers.
Possible topics include:

NUMERACY
Follow up support for teachers and teacher aides who have not participated in the Numeracy Project Professional Development. Your own Numeracy Professional Development designed and structured to meet your requirements.

NIMBLE WITH NUMBERS - MIDDLE / SENIOR - TEACHERS OF YEARS 3-8
Your have completed the Numeracy PD but still need maintenance activities for each of the groups. This course will include repeatable game type activities, Warm ups, Independent activities and skill practice.

AIMS!
The NZ Curriculum encourages teaching maths from a problem solving a contextual basis as well as using other topics as starters in maths. This courses uses Science activities based on AIMS(Activities in Maths and Science) to initiate and develop the learning of maths concepts.

CREATIVE MATHS TEACHING AT INTERMEDIATE LEVEL - YRS 6-8
Numeracy Professional development encourages us to begin new concepts and ideas through materials and problems. There are many great ideas for enthusing students at this level. Fibonacci, Tangrams, Pentominoes, Golden Ratio.

BASIC FACTS: - TEACHERS OF ALL LEVELS
Basic Facts are part of the knowledge requirements of the Numeracy Frameworks. Using various strategies to find answers to table questions is not efficient. Students must be encouraged and helped to memorise their basic facts.

MATHS ON THE MENU. - TEACHERS OF LEVELS 3-8
Let’s use food as mathematics learning context of food.

FAMILY MATHS TRAINING. - TEACHERS (AND PARENTS) OF ALL LEVELS
In this short session, teachers (and Parents) will be introduced to a number of repeatable activities, the philosophy of Family Maths, and how to prepare a Family Maths Course for their community. It is widely accepted that homes which support school maths programmes have higher achieving students. Family Maths is a highly

HOW ARE YOU INVOLVING PARENTS IN MATHS?
Are we doing enough to help parents support our classroom maths programmes?

BUILDING SUCCESS IN MATHEMATICS OR EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MATHS BUT WERE TO AFRAID TO ASK! - TEACHERS ALL LEVELS
Many of us are the products of a system that did not help us to understand, achieve and enjoy mathematics. To help us improve our teaching we first need to develop our own confidence with our own mathematics.

DEVELOPING HIGHER THINKING SCHOOLS IN MATHEMATICS
This looks at how we can use problem solving and structures like Bloom’s Taxonomy De Bono’s Thinking hats to encourage students to develop higher level thinking, rather than just finding the answers.

CURIOSITY IN MATHEMATICS
Curiosity is the key to children teaching themselves. Curiosity is also one of the keys to increased development of synapses in the brain. Creativity is required by the revised (2008) curriculum. We will explore approaches and activities that can enhance and encourage student’s maths curiosity.

MATHS OF FINANCE OR “MONEY DOES NOT GROW ON TREES”
The revised Curriculum (2007) encourages us to teach maths through realistic and meaningful contexts. The wider community of criticizes education as ‘not preparing students for life after school!’ Using ideas such as preparing and costing menus, planning a family holiday, comparing paying cash with HP or Credit Card, Big Mac Economy, Exchange Rates activities from Figure It Out, we can help develop a sense of Financial Literacy with our students.

What teachers and parents say about courses and support run by Len.

  • “Lots of warm up games that involve movement, strategy and engagement of all students. Makes me question existing school structures and expectations on us as teachers. Excellent content and memorable activities to set ideas in my head ready to transfer to the classroom.”
  • “Relevant hands-on and engaging discussions, info and presentation – great ideas.”
  • “Very relevant. I like how we are asked about what we want to hear about for the day.”
  • “A very practical session which has motivated and given many excellent ideas! Thank you.”
  • “Fabulous – particularly organised and most valuable resources during teaching and independent activities.”
  • “Individual activity ideas were fantastic and I will go away and implement some of the ideas in class.”
  • “I found it helpful to suggest specific topics and levels we wanted Len to model and work with – made the experience more valuable”
  • “Students looked forward to having ‘Len the Mathematician Magician’ working with them.”
  • “Len helped validate my own knowledge and gave me confidence in what I was doing.”
  • “I was able to learn new skills and continue to refer to incidences and rules that were discussed during Len’s visits with the class.”
  • “Enjoyed being able to observe someone teach my own class and deal with them in a different way –guests are always like superstars, children listen!!”
  • "Thank you so much for your help and advice. It was lovely to meet you recently and I really appreciate the 'new' look you helped me to place on Maths! I can't wait to get started helping children to become thinkers and problem solvers!" Beginning Teacher.
  • "Len, I can't thank you enough for your ongoing support.  I have been lucky enough to have had you as a teacher when I trained as an adult student.  My PD has since continued where our paths met again and you continued to inspire my own journey in teaching math.  I really appreciate the resources and readings that you put through - as do my learners. Thanks again." From a teacher who loves to teach maths.

You can contact Len Cooper through the Family Maths, OR


Phone: 09 4458312
Mob: 021 458312

 

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