Use Maths Manipulatives with All Ages

Join us in July for a virtual Maths Teacher Circle session to explore rich and engaging tasks for learners of all ages, using powerful maths manipulatives. We’ll investigate thought-provoking problems featuring manipulatives, and explore how these valuable tools can support learners to think more deeply and critically about mathematical ideas.

About the Presenters

Jennifer Bowden

Jennifer Bowden

Jennifer is a Mathematics Educational Consultant at the Mathematical Association of Victoria. She is known for supporting student understanding through practical and engaging tasks.

Jennifer has extensive experience in leading professional learning and coaching teachers in primary schools across Victoria and loves seeing students and teachers connect with mathematics in new ways.

Thanom Shaw

Thanom Shaw

Thanom is a secondary teacher at SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Sydney, who is dedicated to helping students gain an appreciation for the beauty and elegance of mathematics. She has a passion for opportunities that allow girls to engage and excel in mathematics. 

Thanom has long been involved with the National Mathematics Summer School and in 2018 was appointed to serve as Leader of the Australian team for the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad Team, an international maths competition for female school-aged students. In 2014, she also spent a year immersed in the studying and teaching of university-level Mathematics at UNSW.

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 July and at other sessions. 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.

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 and Girls' Maths Olympiad Team Leader.

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). Featuring:

Find out more about the October session.

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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:


The registration cost for each event is AU$120.00.

What you will receive at a Maths Teacher Circle session:

  • 2.5 hours of high quality professional learning
  • Resources for each activity you do during the session and a copy of any slides
  • Dedicated time to explore and deepen your understanding of mathematical problem-solving
  • session recording, so you can go back through it again later
  • certificate recognising your professional learning hours and AITSL-aligned standards
  • Time to do and build an understanding of activities that you can use with your students of all backgrounds
  • Opportunity to meet and remain in contact with other educators 
  • Opportunities to discuss and ask questions about classroom practice and mathematical ideas.

By coming back to multiple Maths Teacher Circle sessions, you will:

  • Hear from a range of presenters from different backgrounds, including teachers, mathematicians and learning specialists
  • Make connections between important mathematical ideas
  • Develop and refine your pedagogical practices for delivering problem solving activities and mathematical routines.
  • Implement new ideas in the classroom, reflect and then build on them at subsequent sessions
  • Become part of an ongoing learning community that focusses on understanding and teaching mathematics.

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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