Frequently Asked Questions for Maths Teacher Circles Virtual Sessions

Check out our frequently asked questions about Maths Teacher Circle events:

  1. I’ve registered for a virtual Maths Teacher Circles session. How will I access it? 
  2. Are Maths Teacher Circles for me?
  3. What can I expect at a Maths Teacher Circles session?
  4. Should I pay for this session with my own money?
  5. Will the Maths Teacher Circles session be recorded?
  6. Will I get access to resources?
  7. Will I receive a certificate in recognition of professional development hours after a session?
  8. Are face-to-face Maths Teacher Circles sessions held?
  9. How can I be kept informed about other Maths Teacher Circles events and opportunities?

1. I’ve registered for a virtual Maths Teacher Circles session. How will I access it? 

In the lead up to the virtual MTC 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. If you have registered for the session but have not received these emails, please reply to your TryBooking confirmation email to let us know.

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
  • 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. 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. Session recordings are typically available for a month after the session is held.

6. Will I get access to resources?

Yes. Each presenter will provide 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.

7. Will I receive a certificate in recognition of professional development hours after a session?

After the session, you will receive a follow up email with the option to receive a certificate recognising the professional development hours you have done and noting the relevant AITSL teaching standards.

8. Are face-to-face Maths Teacher Circles sessions held?

Yes. In addition to the online sessions, we also offer face-to-face options. 

If you’re keen to meet locally with others over maths, then why not form a local Circle and join the Australian Maths Teacher Circles Network? Local Circles are independently run maths communities that meet regularly throughout the school year. We will help you to establish your local Circle by providing resources and information about how to get started. There is no cost associated with accessing this support. Find out more here.

The Maths Teacher Circles team is also available to run in-school workshops. From whole-day to multi-day sessions, we will come to you. We design customised maths professional learning sessions based on the needs and priorities of teaching teams. Remote learning options are also available. Contact us today to make a booking enquiry.

9. How can I be kept informed about other Maths Teacher Circles events and opportunities?

To stay up-to-date about great maths ideas and opportunities, including upcoming Maths Teacher Circle events, enter your details here.