Bringing teachers and maths researchers together
Maths Teacher Circles are professional learning communities that bring teachers and mathematicians together to actively do and discuss mathematics on a regular basis.
Are you a teacher who….
- enjoys doing and being challenged by maths?
- is after strategies to help students become better problem solvers?
- wants to learn more about maths and maths teaching?
- is keen to build meaningful connections and join a like-minded community?
Kick-off for Australia’s first Maths Teacher Circles began in Melbourne in January 2020, with over 50 teachers and mathematicians coming together over two days. Throughout the school year, local circles will be hosting after-school sessions drawing on a range of facilitators and themes.
A successful global model
For the first time, Maths Teacher Circles are coming to Australia. This celebrated model of professional development has been in the U.S. for close to 20 years. Its rich history extends back to early 1900s Russia and Bulgaria, where Maths Circles were a form of mathematical enrichment for students. Currently, the American Institute of Mathematics oversees 125 Math Teachers’ Circles operating in the U.S. each year. These reach around 2,100 teachers and 400 academics annually.