Hi, I'm Michaela.

Welcome to my website, a place where I share ideas about maths education, as well as teaching and learning more broadly.

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

  • Success in school mathematics means being confident about what has been learned and curious to learn more.

  • Most students have the capacity to learn complex ideas. 

  • Formal education is an important, yet a small, part of a student's learning journey. It won't and can't do everything.

  • 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.

This is what I do

Right now, I am working with a university to support teachers and to design more effective learning experiences for students.

In addition, I am bringing the first ever Maths Teacher Circles to Australia. MTCs bring together maths teachers and mathematicians to actively do and discuss mathematics on a regular basis. Like book club, but for mathematics. MTCs have been successfully run in the U.S. and Europe for over two decades now.

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

  • What's needed for students to leave school curious and confident about maths?

  • How can we make it easier for great maths teaching ideas to be shared?

  • What does good curriculum design look like?

  • How can schools and universities use research and data deliberately?

I am also immediate past President and serve on the Board of the Mathematical Association of Victoria, enjoy writing, 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:

  • Taught mathematics at schools in rural and urban areas

  • Run professional development programs and worked closely with teachers in a coaching capacity

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

© 2019 by Michaela Epstein. 

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