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Maths Counts 2016


Maths featured prominently last weekend in UCD as 300 teachers and education professionals attended Maths Counts 2016. The conference focused on teaching through problem-solving and the role of Reflections on Practice in leading professional development in teaching.

Central to the conference was the work of teachers involved in Reflections on Practice. Thank you to the 25 teachers who presented their problem-solving lessons at the conference and to all those involved in Reflections on Practice throughout 2015-2016.

Thank you to our keynote speaker – Professor Akihiko Takahashi – who so brilliantly demonstrated the art of teaching through problem-solving. Professor Takahashi taught mathematics to a group of first-year students at the conference, and left us all with much food for thought in the approaches we use to teach mathematics. A special thank you to the students of Marian College and their teachers who participated so enthusiastically in the live lessons.

Thank you to all our sponsors: Microsoft, BuildUp, wriggle, IMLSN and The Ireland Funds and thank you to all our exhibitors who took the time to talk to teachers about all the invaluable resources which are available to enhance teaching and learning.

Professor Takahashi’s Presentations

Here are the videos of Prof. Takahashi teaching through problem-solving and the lesson plans he used.

Lesson 1

Professor Takahashi meets the students for the first time and asks them to think abo...

Lesson 2

Professor Takahashi presents students with more complex counting problems and asks t...

Lesson 3

Professor Takahashi helps students recognise the common structures amongst the mathe...

Keynote Address

Professor Takahashi gives an overview of the success of teaching through problem-sol...





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Here are the lesson plans and presentations used by the teacher presenters:


Participating Schools

A special thank you to all the teachers and schools who were involved in Reflections on Practice this year.

  1. St. Michael’s Secondary School, Finglas
  2. Chanel College, Coolock Village, Malahide Road
  3. St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton
  4. Fingal Adult & Further Education Ctr, Balbriggan
  5. Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin
  6. Coláiste Chú Chulainn, Dundalk
  7. St. Fintina’s Post Primary School, Enfield
  8. St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda
  9. Drogheda Grammar School, Drogheda
  10. Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy
  11. Presentation College, Currylea, Tuam
  12. Coláiste Cholmáin, Claremorris
  13. Seamount College, Kinvara
  14. Coláiste Iognáid S.J., Galway
  15. Gairmscoil Einne, Inis Mór – Oileann Arann
  16. St. Michael’s College, Listowel
  17. Coláiste Dún Iascaigh , Cashel Road, Cahir
  18. Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale, Kilkenny
  19. Ramsgrange Community School, New Ross
  20. Ardscoil Na Mara, Tramore
  21. Rockwell College, Cashel
  22. Christian Brothers School, Carrick On Suir
  23. St. Mark’s Community School, Tallaght
  24. Coláiste Bhride, Clondalkin
  25. John Scottus Secondary School, Donnybrook
  1. Killinarden Community School, Tallaght
  2. Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge
  3. Lucan Community College
  4. Midleton College, Cork
  5. St. Aloysius School, Cork
  6. Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney
  7. Largy College, Clones
  8. St. Tiernan’s College, Crossmolina
  9. Coláiste Mhuire, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
  10. St. Louis Secondary School, Kiltimagh
  11. St. Leo’s College, Carlow
  12. St. Mary’s Academy C.B.S., Carlow
  13. Carndonagh Community School, Lifford
  14. Errigal College, Letterkenny
  15. Deele College, Raphoe
  16. Loreto Community School, Milford
  17. Pipers Hill College, Naas
  18. Rathdown School, Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire
  19. Dunshaughlin Community School
  20. St. Flannan’s College, Ennis
  21. Glenstal Abbey School, Limerick
  22. St. John Bosco Community College, Clare
  23. Kilrush Community School, Clare
  24. Children’s Ark School, U.L. Hospital