Dr. Paul Swan

Mathematics Educator, CEO of Swan Educational PTY Ltd

Dr Paul Swan has been teaching for over 30 Years. He began his career as a primary school teacher and then taught secondary school mathematics and spent 18 years as a University Lecturer in Mathematics Education. He has authored or co-authored over 50 books, won numerous awards and designs games and mathematics manipluatives. Currently he is working with leaders to improve the teaching of mathematics in schools.


Innovation Stage

28 February 2018 | 13:30 - 14:00 | English | Mathematics 101 – common teaching tools to utilise

Dr Paul will Use simple readily available materials such as Dice cards and dominoes to generate mathematical problem solving 

Innovation Stage

28 February 2018 | 14:00 - 14:30 | English | Hands On Mathematics

Dr Paul will make use of simple materials such as ‘Pegs on String’ Tangrams and pattern blocks to teach Fraction understanding.

GESS Talks Arena

28 February 2018 | 14:30 - 15:00 | English | The Literacy of Mathematics

Many children fail to get to the mathematics of a question because they cannot understand the mathematical language required to unravel the question. In this session Dr Paul Swan will explain the three literacies involved in ‘reading’ a mathematics question and will share some tips for improving mathematical vocabulary and comprehension of mathematics word questions. There is a Literacy of Mathematics, support materials will be made available to download. 

Innovation Stage

28 February 2018 | 15:00 - 16:00 | English | How to Make the Most of Your Classroom and How to Get Students Involved in Active Learning

Drawing on many years of experience, Professor Peter Barrett and Dr Paul Swan will be running a joint workshop to explore ways in which teachers can make the most of their classroom environment to enhance learning outcomes, and also practical activities that get students involved in active learning – participating and collaborating in learning exercises that increase engagement and improve learning outcomes.
This practical workshop will relate to daily experiences within the classroom, and demonstrate how simple strategies and solutions can make a lasting impact on student engagement and the enjoyment of learning. Sponsored by Gratnells