Fold Things into Thirds, Thirty-Thirds and More with James Tanton!

Join us, from wherever you are, on Thursday 15 April for this online Maths Teacher Circles session!

Come with something floppy in hand – a string, a tie, a shoelace, or perhaps a floppy zucchini. (Actually, a tie would work best.) Not only will we fold the object into strange fractional lengths, we’ll also see how folding it into fractions leads to fun and quirky mathematics. It even leads to a famous, unsolved mathematics problem!

All will be accessible. All will be surprising and novel – and mighty fun.

About the Presenter: James Tanton

James Tanton

James Tanton, PhD, is ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America, chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics and a founder of the Global Math Project, an initiative to transform the entire world’s perception of what mathematics can, and should, be.

He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions, and works with teachers globally. James also has a long history of involvement with Maths Teacher Circles in the U.S.

Join like-minded teachers, mathematicians and other maths lovers.

  • Do you enjoy doing and being challenged by maths?
  • Are you after strategies and recommended resources to help students become better problem solvers?
  • Do you want dedicated time to focus and reflect on your teaching practice?
  • Are you keen to build meaningful connections and join a like-minded community?

Then Maths Teacher Circles are for you! We look forward to seeing you soon.


Join us in April or for more sessions throughout the year! In each practical and interactive session, we will dive into thought-provoking and accessible maths problems and discuss their implications for classroom practice.

Sessions feature an exciting range of presenters and opportunities to connect with others in a welcoming environment.

See below for information on registering for multiple sessions, the AITSL Professional Standards that are covered and frequently asked questions.

April Session

Theme: Get Fun and Quirky Ideas for Teaching Fractions Meaningfully
Date: Thu 15 April 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10 Syd/Mel)
Featured presenter: James Tanton (@jamestanton), Mathematician and Founder of Global Math Project

July Session

Theme: Manipulatives and Problem Solving For All Ages
Date: Thu 22 July 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10 Syd/Mel)

  • Jennifer Bowden (@jenbowden33), Mathematics Educational Consultant at the Mathematical Association of Victoria
  • Thanom Shaw, secondary maths teacher at SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Find out more about the July session.

October Session

Theme: Bringing the Maths Proficiencies To Life
Date: Thu 7 October 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11 Syd/Mel)
Find out more about the October session.

In a different timezone? Convert the session times here.

Keen to attend a session but can't make the time? By registering, you will get access to the session recording after the event plus all session resources so you won't miss out!

Registering For More Than 1 Session

To register for more than 1 session, select and register for one event first. Then, at Checkout, select ‘Buy More Tickets’ – this option will appear in your cart near the total price:

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The registration cost for each event is AU$30.00.

AITSL Professional 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to find out more about virtual Maths Teacher Circles sessions, including what you can expect? Check out our frequently asked questions. 

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