Teacher puts fun into maths class

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PETER Chan­dler be­lieves he has made maths fun.

The Penhros Col­lege Maths Men­tor and STEM co-or­di­na­tor said maths used to be “so­cial sui­cide” at the school un­til they in­tro­duced the Math­sMen­torPro­gram@Pen­rhos eight years ago.

The pro­gram was recog­nised at the Choose Maths Awards, with Mr Chan­dler being one of the two teach­ers to re­ceive the Men­tor­ing Girls in Maths Award top prize.

“I’m very ex­cited and very proud. When we started we wanted to show that maths can be cool and change the per­cep­tion,” he said.

“The girls aren’t nerds, they love drama and sport and now they love maths too.

“When girls spoke about maths at assemblies they were em­bar­rassed be­cause it was con­sid­ered so­cial sui­cide but now there are no wor­ries.”

Mr Chan­dler said the pro­gram had seen the school link up with the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search and Curtin Univer­sity for projects. “We brought back for­mer stu­dents to show girls that are suc­cess­ful in maths – girls need role mod­els,” he said.

“We have school cap­tains and foot­ball cap­tains and now we have maths cap­tains; who would have thought that would hap­pen?”

Maths Men­tor cap­tain Rebecca Walm­s­ley said one of the ideas being con­sid­ered was a project called ‘Girls Choose Maths’ which would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for girls from other schools to see where maths can lead them.

“Mr Chan­dler has made the world his class­room and demon­strated that maths is truly more than just num­bers,” she said.

Peter Chan­dler with Rose Belford, Year 7 stu­dents Nahyun Kim and Priya Bhasin, and Rebecca Walm­s­ley.

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