What is a Middle School Math Teachers' Circle?
Teachers' Circles are collaborations between research mathematicians, middle school math teachers, and school administrators. A Teachers' Circle provides an opportunity for teachers to engage in mathematical problem solving and deepen their understanding of mathematics. This problem solving approach to mathematics is a structure that can be implemented in teachers work with students.
The main activities of a Teachers' Circle are problem solving sessions for middle school math teachers led by a mathematician. Rather than emphasizing math exercises, the techniques discussed during the Teachers' Circles sessions aim to create a culture of problem solving among middle school mathematics teachers.
At each of our sessions, the first part will be devoted to actively engaging in mathematical problem solving together and the latter part of our time will be addressing teachers concerns, how to implement problem solving in the classroom and connections to the Common Core Standards.
Another important aspect of the Teachers' Circles is to create a network among math teachers and research mathematicians. This network becomes an invaluable resource of ideas, activities, and support with fellow professionals.
How Can I Participate?
The Northern Colorado Math Teachers' Circle will host its Fall 2015-Spring 2016 problem-solving evening sessions on Mondays September 14, October 19, November 16, 2015 and Mondays February 22, March 7, April 18, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 pm at UNC in Ross Hall 2060 (second floor).
The evenings are entirely free. Please join us for dinner and math. A flyer can be found here. If you have further questions please email any of the leadership team (email addresses can be found to the left). We hope you will join us at one or every session.
We are very excited to start our Student Math Circle and have problem-solving sessions for students in grades 4-8th on Mondays November 16, 2015; January 25, February 22, March 7, April 18, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 pm at UNC in Ross Hall 2090 (second floor). We provide free dinner and math for students! A flyer can be found here.
We will have our 2016 Summer Workshop (4th summer workshop) at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA during from July 11-15, 2016 . The workshop flyer can be found here. We will update our website with more information on application process and deadline for submitting an application. Summer 2016 workshop information will be posted by the end of December 2015.
Our Summer 2013 Workshop problems and pictures can be found here.