Mathematical Thinking Course

Mathematical Thinking, Problem Solving and Technology in Teaching and Learning Mathematics – Flagship Course


The first step in the training of Mathematics Subject Leaders is to take the AIMSSEC Mathematical Thinking Course. This course has been run 29 times for 1895 teachers from all over South Africa.

The AIMSSEC Mathematical Thinking course  will be held at Makerere University, Uganda from the 3rd – 12th January 2019. If you are interested in applying for this special AIMSSEC course please download to complete Makerere MT course Application form.

The 30th South African AIMSSEC Mathematical Thinking course will be held in March 2019 (date to be confirmed). The 31th course will be held in June 2019 (date to be confirmed).

A detailed description of our IP course, SP course, and FET course can be found here. To apply you must fill in the application form which you can download for either MT30 or MT31 here  and then return to Dr Barrie Barnard by either:


Fax: +27 (0) 86 263 1268

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African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
65 Main Rd.  Muizenberg 7945
Western Cape, South Africa

Early applications are advised as there is a very long waiting list for this course. If you apply now AIMSSEC will invite you to take this course as soon as possible.

The MT course is intended for educators who want to be more effective in the classroom, who want to be efficient heads of department or who want to be successful subject advisors.  A learner-centred approach is at the core of the course to facilitate a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.  The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has endorsed the MT course with 15 professional development points on the successful completion of the course (Service Provider Number:  PR11011).

This is an intensive 10 day residential course where all the participants live in boarding school accommodation and work on mathematics together from breakfast time to bedtime.  Participants receive classroom materials designed for the South African curriculum. After the residential part of the course teachers work for three months on assignments trying to put into practice what they have learnt on the course.

Please download the documents below to apply for this course.

AIMSSEC MT Course SummaryMakerere MT course Application form | Application Form (MT30) | Application Form (MT31)