Woo visit leaves teachers and students aiming high

Eddie Woo visited Newcastle High School in his role supporting teachers in the use of highly engaging maths strategies. Sven Wright reports.

A teacher talking with students sitting at a table. A teacher talking with students sitting at a table.
Image: Renowned mathematics educator Eddie Woo works closely with Newcastle High School students.

From the staffroom to the classroom, there are few names in mathematics which generate excitement in a school like Eddie Woo.

Newcastle High has just hosted the highly regarded educator, whose approach to teaching maths has inspired as many teachers as it has students.

Mr Woo leads the NSW Department of Education’s Mathematics Growth Team, which comprises 14 instructional leaders in public schools across the state who support teachers in teaching maths with engaging and effective strategies.

The trainer for the Mathematics Growth Team at Newcastle High, Ben McCartney, said the visit demonstrated the team’s commitment to excellence in maths education.

“Mr Woo is known for his remarkable work in engaging students and driving interest in maths, and as leader of the Mathematics Growth Team he brings that knowledge to schools first-hand,” Mr McCartney said.

“His visit to our school strengthened our maths education and amplified the impact of our expert teachers.”

Mr Woo took part in interactive workshops with students and teachers from the high school, partner primary schools and other teachers from across the Hunter, providing invaluable insights and sharing his passion for mathematics.

The Mathematics Growth Team aims to help students deepen their understanding of maths concepts, while providing a unique opportunity for collaboration and professional development among teachers.

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