Check out our frequently asked questions about Maths Teacher Circle events:
- I’ve registered for a virtual Maths Teacher Circles session. How will I access it?
- Are Maths Teacher Circles for me?
- What can I expect at a Maths Teacher Circles session?
- Should I pay for this session with my own money?
- Can I register for multiple sessions?
- Will the Maths Teacher Circles session be recorded?
- Will I get access to resources?
- Will I receive a certificate in recognition of professional development hours after a session?
- Are face-to-face Maths Teacher Circles sessions held?
- How can I be kept informed about other Maths Teacher Circles events and opportunities?
1. I’ve registered for an online Maths Teacher Circles session. How will I access it?
In the lead up to the session, we will email you with information about how to access and prepare for the session.
Two emails are sent: the first approximately one week before the session, and the second approximately 2 days before.
2. Are Maths Teacher Circles for me?
Maths Teacher Circles are for people who:
- enjoy doing and being challenged by maths
- are after strategies and recommended resources to help students become better problem solvers and mathematical thinkers
- want dedicated time to focus and reflect on teaching practice
- are keen to build meaningful connections and join a like-minded community.
Maths Teacher Circles are NOT for people who:
- want to listen to a lecture and not participate in any maths problem solving. Our sessions provide dedicated time to do maths, with the opportunity to step into students’ shoes.
- are looking for worksheets or tasks that aren’t focused on creating curious and confident mathematical thinkers.
- are looking for a set of steps to follow in the classroom. Our sessions will help you develop ideas and strategies that you can integrate into your practice to build stronger problem solvers.
If you would like to join us at an upcoming Maths Teacher Circles session, book now.
3. What can I expect at a Maths Teacher Circles session?
Each session features one or more guest presenters who will take you through an accessible problem that they are excited and curious about.
You will have time to ask questions, share ideas and work through each problem with others. The problems we look at can be puzzles or games, about fascinating mathematical principles or real-world applications.
There is also dedicated session time for discussing the implications of running each problem in the classroom and how it might be adapted to best suit your students.
To register for one or more sessions, book now.
4. Should I pay for this session with my own money?
Many attendees at Maths Teacher Circle sessions have their registration paid for or covered by their school or institution.
To help make it easier for you to get your registration funded by your school /institution, we wrote a template letter so you can request funding. You can download and edit the letter here.
5. Can I register for multiple sessions?
Yes! Registering for the Multi-Session Pass will give you access to regular sessions throughout the year, as well as exclusive Passholder events.
To register for fewer sessions, register for each individual session separately.
6. Will the Maths Teacher Circles session be recorded?
Yes. We record the sessions so that you can go back and revisit any of it again. Recordings are made available approximately a week after a session is held.
7. Will I get access to resources?
Yes. Each presenter provides a brief summary or lesson plan of the problem they run. We will send these to you after the session.
Participating in the problem during the Maths Teacher Circles session also provides you with a deep understanding of the problem, including challenges students may face and strategies for supporting them.
8. Will I receive a certificate in recognition of professional development hours after a session?
At every session, you will have the option to receive a certificate recognising the professional development hours you have done and noting the relevant AITSL teaching standards.
AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers addressed in these sessions: 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4.
9. Are face-to-face Maths Teacher Circles sessions held?
Yes. In addition to the online sessions, we also offer face-to-face options.
The Maths Teacher Circles team have extensive consulting experience with primary and secondary teachers. The team is available to run in-school workshops based on the needs and priorities of school teams.
Find out more about the customised professional learning options today.
10. How can I be kept informed about other Maths Teacher Circles events and opportunities?
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