My name is Linda Shardlow. I have been teaching mathematics at secondary levels in Victorian schools for over 30 years, currently in leadership roles in curriculum and staff learning in addition to classroom teaching.

This blog hopefully provides a forum for not only my own thoughts and ideas on mathematics education in a Y7 to 12 Australian context (the ‘first person’ of the title) but also a smorgasbord of ideas from others involved in mathematics education (‘secondhand’) and another place in which issues specifically pertaining to mathematics education can be explored in some depth (yes…the ‘third dimension’)

‘We build our technologies as a way of addressing all our anxieties and desires. They are our passions congealed into these prosthetic extensions of ourselves. And they do it in a way that reflects what we dream ourselves capable of doing’ (Richard Powers; as quoted by John Freeman in his article in The Weekend Australian, Powers that Be, of December 24 and 25, 2006)

Quoting from Richard Reeve’s article on the philosopher John Stuart Mill in The Weekend Australian Financial Times 1/1/07:

“…progress depends on truth…[and] truth is most likely to emerge from a constant collision of opinions”

So, I hope that this blog, at best, reflects what we as educators dream ourselves capable of doing in our classrooms and engenders a dialogue (if only with myself) about education in order to always strive towards improving mathematics teaching and learning.

The posts and opinions contained therein on this blog are mine alone and do not represent those of any other body.


6 Responses to About

  1. Hi Linda,
    I just saw that you made a change to the Australian bloggers site. Welcome. I teach Maths in Melbourne too, so it would be great to see someone else with local knowledge and viewpoints and then share some tips. BTW, I think your blog title is fantabulous.
    I hope you get lots out of blogging over time. I know I have.

  2. Linda says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Joseph. I admit that I thought long and hard about a title that reflected my mathematical background as well as my desire for a reflective focus for this blog. Comments always welcome.

  3. JMAC says:

    Found you 🙂 Good to see you’re still being awesome!

  4. Linda says:

    Thanks O Mystery Commenter…Not too sure about the ‘awesome’ descriptor but I appreciate it nonetheless. What I hope I am is someone who is continually thinking, learning and reflecting on what I do. And I hope that others do the same!

  5. Tim Darling says:

    I’m in awe that you have purued one of the most difficult careers on the planet for this long and with success – but then, I know you can do the math – I remember what went on in Dr. Russell’s Functional Analysis lectures…

  6. Boon Hong says:

    Hi Linda,

    You taught secondary levels Mathematics for 3 decades? That’s awesome, we definitely can learn from you if we ever got the chance! Anyway, this email is about a Mathematics mobile app, ‘Little Wizy Kingdom’.

    To sum up the game, think of it as a combination between Farmville, Mathematics and logic thinking.
    ‘Build your kingdom by solving Mathematics questions and puzzles!’

    We believe that Mathematics is the fundamental of our world, a scroll, a book or poem can be burned and lost, but mathematics can never be destroyed.

    Little Wizy Kingdom is a an app with great quality and truly made for the next generation. And of course, the app is designed not only to teach, but to generate a ‘Mathematical mind’.

    Thank you! The future of humanity starts from small steps! Do let me know if you’re interested in taking a look at this app, it would be great to have your feedback on Little Wizy Kingdom.


    Boon Hong
    Common Extract

    “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire”

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