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July 10-14, 2017: Summer Immersion Workshop

The AIM Math Teachers’ Circle annually offers a free residential summer program for math teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Spend a week immersed in mathematics, gain hands-on experience with problem solving practices, and make connections with local teachers and mathematicians! We offer workshops for new and experienced Math Teachers’ Circle members.

Applications for the Summer 2017 Immersion Workshops will open in the spring. For more information, please click the links below, or contact Hana Silverstein, AIM Special Projects Assistant, hana () or (408) 350-2034.

Immersion Workshop for New Members

A free, weeklong residential program for math teachers and pre-service teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Immersion Workshop for Teacher Leaders

A free, weeklong curriculum-writing workshop for experienced Math Teachers’ Circle members.

Past workshops

Check out session notes, photos, and more.

COMING SOON: 2016 Immersion Workshop: July 11 - 15

2015 Immersion Workshop: July 27 - 31


  • Workshop flyer (PDF)
  • Workshop schedule (PDF)
  • Growth Mindset signs (from Sarah Hagan’s “Math = Love” blog)

Monday, July 27

  • Session 1: Joshua Zucker, “Introduction to Problem Solving” (PDF)
  • Session 2: Tatiana Shubin, “Grid Power” (PDF)
  • Evening session: Tom Davis, “Zometool” (official Zometool website)

Tuesday, July 28

Wednesday, July 29

Thursday,  July 30

  • Tom Davis, “Big Numbers” (PDF)
  • Joshua Zucker, “Diffy Boxes” (“Numberplay” blog on

Friday, July 31

  • Brian Conrey, “Estimation” (PDF)

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2015 Pi Day Workshop

Special guest Henri Picciotto took us on “an encyclopedic tour of pattern blocks,” covering a whole range of topics including symmetry, angles, tilings, and of course pi. At 9:26:53 am we had a “pi drop,” ate pie, and wrote pi-ku (haiku with special rules – first line: 3 syllables; second line: 1 syllable; third line: 4 syllables).

Materials from the workshop are available on Henri’s website,

2014 Immersion Workshop: July 28 - August 1

In summer 2014, 18 teachers from different schools, districts, grades, and cities — from San Francisco down to Morgan Hill — worked on math problems all day and even into the evening. Teachers played SET, estimated 100!, contemplated infinity, and revealed deep mathematical surprises in a simple sheet of grid paper.

To view the 2014 workshop activities, click here: 2014 AIM Immersion Workshop Schedule.

Meanwhile, 6 veteran members of the Math Teachers’ Circle were busy creating curriculum materials inspired by or connected to MTC sessions. The goal of this project was to make problem solving in class more accessible to teachers by creating meaningful, engaging activities aligned to the curriculum.

The week ended with a picnic for the whole MTC community, plus friends and family. We met at Boulware Park in Palo Alto for a delightful picnic with math games and lawn games.

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