Jennifer Wathall has been a teacher of mathematics for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a BSC, majoring in Mathematics and she has completed postgraduate studies at The University of Hong Kong.
She has worked in several international schools including South Island School, Hong Kong and The United Nations International School, New York. She is currently working at Island School, Hong Kong as Head of Mathematics and she holds the position of honorary faculty advisor and part time instructor for The University of Hong Kong.
In the international arena she has presented workshops such as “How to Effectively Integrate Multimedia into the Classroom” at the 21st Century Conference in Hong Kong and Shanghai and The Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, Bangkok and Beijing. She has also given talks around Asia about how to effectively integrate a 1:1 program into the mathematics classroom.
As a qualified International Baccalaureate workshop leader (“Mathematics, Concepts and Inquiry in the Diploma Program and Approaches to Teaching and Learning”) Jennifer has delivered numerous workshops in the Asia Pacific region. Her role as a field representative for the IB Asia Pacific serves as part of the quality assurance framework. She has consulted on IB Mathematics textbooks and has developed an IB Category 3 workshop on “The Use of the Casio GDC in IB Mathematics”. In 2014 she was invited to deliver a talk at the IB Asia Pacific Conference titled “Using Inquiry in the IB Mathematics Classroom” and in July, 2015 Jennifer she presented "Concept-Based Mathematics" at the IB Americas annual conference.
She is a certified trainer in the DISCtm behavior assessment tool and she is a certified independent consultant in “Concept Based Curriculum Design” by Dr H. Lynn Erickson. Jennifer works as a consultant helping math departments and schools transition to concept-based curriculum and instruction. She utilizes her skills as a certified Performance Coach to facilitate transition and change.
For 2014 to 2019 she will be part of the external curriculum review group for IB Diploma Mathematics based in The Hague.
Currently she is working with schools to transition towards a concept and inquiry based curriculum.
Her book titled "Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools" was released in February, 2016.