Welcome to Bond Blocks.
My hope is that through Bond Blocks teachers, parents and students will build Curiosity, Connections and Confidence with maths.
Here’s my story:
I am a teacher. I have always wanted to teach. I have been teaching in Perth, Western Australia since I graduated from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 1997 with first class honours. I began as a generalist primary teacher. After five years I switched to become a specialist teacher in mathematics. I have been blessed to teach students from the very early years through to Year 9 in the secondary school, students who really struggle through to those who are mathematically gifted. I have a passion for teaching students who don’t fit the middle, supporting teachers and developing whole school systems. During this time I have also worked in teacher education providing professional learning for the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia and pre-service teacher education at ECU.
I first met Paul by attending his professional learning sessions. He is a truly gifted, inspirational, generous and ethical educator. Later, I worked with him at ECU as part of the Fogarty Foundation Clinic where pre-service teachers developed and implemented intervention programs for primary school students who were experiencing difficulties in Mathematics. From there we worked together on various projects including a collaboration with Edx Education developing maths programs with manipulatives for Chinese students. Currently I’m working with Paul on various projects, continuing to develop Bond Blocks and homeschooling one of my children.
With thanks to:
I want to sincerely thank Murray from Edx Education for taking a risk on a primary school teacher from Perth and making Bond Blocks. Your financial backing and the Edx Team’s production expertise brought Bond Blocks to life.
To Paul and the Swan Team I want to express deep gratitude and appreciation. Paul, Bond Blocks would have never happened without your incredibly generous support of time, expertise, financial backing and your team’s skill sets. Daniel, you have given months-on-end of time to create beautiful activity boards according to all my specifications, and there were lots. Thank you for graphic and artistic skills, attention to detail and patient nature. Leigh, thank you for your inspiration of the website, support in developing it and help with the commerce things I know so little about. Your skills in business and ability to ask really good questions helped make Bond Blocks into what it is today. Thank you Gillian for your hospitality, welcoming and teaching me the science of scones! I am honoured that through the journey of Bond Blocks I now know you as friends.
Thank you to the teachers and students of Lake Joondalup Baptist College who were instrumental in the five year development of Bond Blocks, especially Jodi, Amanda and Mike for your feedback. Thank you to the Principal Mr Paul Sonneman-Smith for your leadership that is enabling, humble and values every student.
Finally, I want to thank my family. To my best friend and husband Lyndon, thanks for your steadfast support and mathematical input. To my kids, your giftings and diversity has blessed me and shaped Bond Blocks.
Dr Paul Swan
Dr Paul Swan has taught mathematics in both primary and secondary schools and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Edith Cowan University in Australia for 18 years. He has written over 50 books, authored numerous journal articles and created many types of mathematics games – board, card and digital. He currently designs mathematics manipulative materials and supports schools looking to improve the teaching of mathematics in both schools and across whole school systems