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Hi, I'm Michaela.

I've been a maths educator for over a decade. During that time, I've taught in rural and urban schools, and worked with with primary and secondary teachers, school leaders, government, ed-tech start-ups and non-profits across Australia and internationally.

What I believe

  • Maths is fun, challenging and satisfying. Learning maths requires patience, persistence and careful thinking.
     

  • Success in learning mathematics means feeling competent about your own capabilities and curious to learn more.
     

  • Most students have the capacity to learn complex ideas - helping them to access and make sense of that complexity is our challenge as educators. 

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  • School is one part of a student's learning journey and should provide the starting point for a desire to learn more
     

  • When we care about education, we develop strong opinions about what it should look like.
     

  • Being skeptical of ideas we're presented with, including our own opinions, opens up conversation and helps us to see the world in different ways.

What I do

After searching for ways to make professional learning more meaningful, in 2020, I founded Maths Teacher Circles in Australia. MTCs bring primary and secondary teachers together to actively do maths and talk teaching on a regular basis. MTCs are designed to support teachers to get excited again about teaching maths. To date, over 1,000 teachers from across Australia and overseas have attended MTC sessions.

In addition, I work with schools, school systems and organisations on initiatives that support primary teachers, secondary teachers, graduate teachers, out-of-field teachers, maths leaders and specialist teachers to create meaningful and sustainable change in maths.

More broadly, I'm currently diving into and working with educators on these questions:
 

  • What's needed for students to leave school feeling curious and competent in maths?

  • How can we help students to better understand and remember what they learn?

  • How can we help students to become independent, strategic and reflective problem solvers?

  • How can teachers build their own content knowledge and confidence for teaching maths?

Outside of my work, I enjoy watching my young daughter learn and grow, playing competitive dominoes, learning about statistics and philosophy and going hiking.

This is what I've done

In recent years, I have focused on maths education from different perspectives. To this end, I have:
 

  • Designed and run professional development programs and worked closely with over 5,000 teachers globally

  • Served as President of the Mathematical Association of Victoria

  • Served on the boards of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, the Mathematical Association of Victoria and the Australian committee of the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge

  • Had original problems and puzzles published in a range of publications and on commission for organisations, such as Felstead Education

  • Taught mathematics and led teaching teams at schools in rural and urban areas

  • Designed and implemented specialised mathematics programs to support and extend students

  • Led a team of learning and instructional designers, responsible for producing maths content for over 55,000 students

  • Spoken internationally at conferences, researched and written about curriculum, pedagogy, effective teaching practices and cognitive development

  • Reviewed papers for the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia and for the Australian Council for Educational Research's Excellence in Professional Practice Conference

  • I've also been featured on podcasts, including Maths Talk by AMSI Schools, the Fizzics Ed Podcast, Ignite EdTech Podcast and Toddcast Teacher Podcast.

 

Past clients and partners include:
 

  • Camberwell Girls' Grammar

  • Carey Baptist Grammar

  • Heathmont College

  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College

  • Primary Maths & Science Specialist Program, Department of Education

  • Central Highlands Area Schools, Department of Education

  • BioLab, the Victorian BioScience Education Centre

  • EdPartnerships International

  • Math4Love
  • Monterey Secondary College

  • Pivot Professional Learning

  • Stile Education

  • The Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • The Mathematical Association of Victoria

  • The Meet Pi Maths Festival

  • The Pavilion School

  • The Tutor Network

  • Urbis Consulting

  • Wimmera South West Area Schools, Department of Education

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