Circling to Connect

Building Math Joy on the Foundation of Math Teachers’ Circles

Introduction


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Fundamentally, Math Teachers’ Circles are communities of mathematics professionals focused on sharing the joy and challenges of math and of teaching with one another. As such, MTCs can also provide the human resource infrastructure for concrete efforts to improve mathematics education and build joyful math culture among students, families and communities.

Here we feature two successful models that, respectively, connect MTCs with carefully designed inquiry-oriented classroom materials (Circles of Inquiry), and build on the expertise of MTC members to bring joyful math to students and families (Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals). In addition, we also highlight three new opportunities that we believe are complementary to and synergistic with the work of MTCs: a student- and parent-focused math culture-building program (Math Monday), a program for introducing students to contemporary research in mathematics (Math News Snapshots), and a scholarly publication outlet for researchers and practitioners working in the Math Circle space (Journal of Math Circles). We hope you enjoy learning about these programs and opportunities, and that they spark new and exciting ideas to nurture your MTC’s growth.


More In This Series

 

Circles of Inquiry

Jane Cushman, Keiko Dow, Ryan Gantner, and Yousuf George

 

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals

Brianna Donaldson

 

Math Monday

Scott Kim

 

Math News Snapshots

Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar

 

Journal of Math Circles

Emilie Hancock and Brandy Wiegers


This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2019 MTCircular.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
AUTUMN 2019 MTCIRCULAR

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New Takes on an Old Classic

Catherine Pullin Lane and Lynne M. Pachnowski

Circling to Connect

Five Programs Building Math Joy on the Foundation of Math Teachers’ Circles

Circles of Inquiry, Julia Robinson Math Festivals, Math Monday, Math News Snapshots, Journal of Math Circles
 

A Better World Through Math

Gloria Brown Brooks Is Retiring, But She’s Not Slowing Down

Interview by Jessa Barniol

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