The Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS), a premium school offering the Australian Curriculum and IB diploma, has welcomed Dr. Paul Swan to run a hands-on Math session for Early Learning Centre and Primary School staff.

Dr. Swan highlighted the importance of having a consistent approach to mathematical language and engaging students in mathematical understanding and problem solving.

During his visit, he worked with teachers to develop their math lessons and helped design mathematics materials to add value to the teaching and learning in the school. VISS staff also participated in a variety of hands on activities using tools to support students.

Dean Pyrah, Executive Principal at VISS, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for our Early Learning Centre and Primary School to develop skills from a world-leading expert that can be used in our classrooms. We are grateful for the knowledge that was shared by Dr. Paul Swan. Our staff found it very beneficial and they are looking forward to implementing the learnings into their lessons.”

Dr. Swan, who was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Mathematics Association of Western Australia, has written over 50 books, authored numerous journal articles and created a whole range of mathematics games – board, card and digital. He has also taught Math in both primary and secondary schools and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Edith Cowan University in Australia for 18 years.

“It was a pleasure to visit VISS, meet with the school teachers and develop a deeper understanding of the Math curriculum in the primary school,” said Dr. Paul Swan. It was good to see how engaged the teachers were and hopefully they can implement new teaching methods into their lessons to help inspire their students.”

Dr. Paul Swan currently designs mathematics manipulative materials and supports schools looking to improve the teaching of mathematics in both schools and across whole school systems (Private, Public, State, National and International). He has received numerous awards, including an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) for his work with school leaders.

– VISS Media