Circling to Connect
Building Math Joy on the Foundation of Math Teachers’ Circles
Math Monday
Scott Kim
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Math Monday is a weekly dropin lunchtime activity where students of all ages can get handson with math games, puzzles and manipulatives that help build their math skills. The program was created by puzzle designer and math joy advocate Scott Kim, who started the first Math Monday in 2017 with other members of the parent community at Washington Elementary School in Burlingame, Calif.
At Math Monday, students have the opportunity to play physical (never screenbased) mathematical board games and puzzles. Unlike competitive math clubs, Math Monday is intended to reach all students at their own pace and is meant to complement other math culturebuilding opportunities like Math Circles, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals, and Family Math Night.
Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and home schoolers can all benefit from starting their own Math Monday. We recommend holding the program weekly during lunch in a large public space like a multipurpose room or library, so all students can attend. The program is designed to be run by parent and community volunteers, so that it involves families and does not burden teachers. After the startup cost of buying, printing, or making games, the program is free. Download a sheet of sample Math Monday problems. For more information, along with game and puzzle recommendations for your local Math Monday, please visit the Math Monday Web site or contact Scott Kim by email.
More in this Series
Introduction
Building Math Joy on the Foundation of Math Teachers’ Circles
Circles of Inquiry
Jane Cushman, Keiko Dow, Ryan Gantner, and Yousuf George
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals
Brianna Donaldson
Math News Snapshots
Nitsa MovshovitzHadar
Journal of Math Circles
Emilie Hancock and Brandy Wiegers
This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2019 MTCircular.
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