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Richard Andrew

During my twenty-plus years in the classroom – including six as a HoD and over fifteen years as a PD provider – I have always tried to be an out-of-the-box thinker, a questioner of the status quo.

The dominant mantra has always been, Just because ‘everyone’ is doing it doesn’t make ‘it’ the smartest approach!

Two (perhaps unpopular?) observations I’ve made over my three-plus decades in education are:

  1. Too many maths students take very little responsibility for their learning.
  2. There’s a pervading – and somewhat disturbing – assumption that students are capable of successfully learning mathematical procedures without a solid understanding of the concepts upon which those procedures are based.

In response to these observations, the main thrust of my work is to empower maths teachers:

  • to foster agency in students,
  • to enable students to understand concepts before (or while) students gain mastery of procedures upon which those concepts are based,
  • and to bring about agency and understanding in time-efficient ways that are integral to everyday classroom teaching.

Teachers tell me I am a transparent, relatable presenter. Perhaps this is because I claim to have made ‘more mistakes than anyone in the history of teaching’.

I’ve always been fascinated by the craft of teaching maths. I have a knack for presenting large pedagogical ideas in easy-to-follow ways … common sense and feet-on-the-ground ways, and in the absence of edu-babble.

Feel free to check out my blog to gain a sense of what lights my professional wick.

Hear from teachers who have attended a Critical Agendas Event

Inspirational Speakers –  the knowledge gained will be so beneficial in my classrooms

Libby Fullard.

The best P.D. I have attended in living memory!” I loved every minute of this engaging, interesting and informative PD. And I have been teaching for 40+ years!

Susan Snooks

Keep up the fantastic PD opportunities! Very  professional and well-researched workshops and conferences.

Paul Dillon

Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s

It was also fantastic to catch up with Zlatica, Dani, Kate and Marg, lots of laughs

A big THANK YOU once again


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Tania The Geelong College

Loved the honesty in the sharing of information and strategies

Liberty Hatzidimitriou

I love the fantastic variety of workshops and conferences on offer. Always look forward to Critical Agendas PD’s.

Tim Livy

Passionate &  Authentic Speakers – Meaningful Strategies

Tamara Rundle

Loved the passion of the Presenters

Ivana Ryan

“It is the first P.L. in a long long time that I haven’t been checking in with my watch.”