Welcome to the American Institute of Mathematics Math Teachers' Circle. Founded in 2006, the AIM Math Teachers' Circle is the original member of the national Math Teachers' Circle Network.

Every month from September to April (except December), the AIM Math Teachers' Circle will offer an evening meeting for middle school math teachers interested in exploring accessible, exciting topics in mathematics and learning about a problem-solving approach to teaching math. All teachers are welcome to attend. Meetings include dinner, which is complimentary.

To view our current meeting schedule, please click here.


Past Meetings

2016-17 Meeting Schedule

In 2016-17, the AIM MTC continued meeting twice a month, at AIM (San Jose) and at Stanford University (Palo Alto). Meetings were also held on selected Saturday mornings at AIM.
  • Tue Sept 13, 2016, 5-8 PM
    • Hidefumi Katsuura (SJSU), "Beautiful Polyhedra"
  • Thu Sept 15, 2016, 5-8 PM
    • Brian Conrad (Stanford), "Patterns in Decimal Expansions" (slides, exercises)
  • Sat Sep 24, 2016, 9 AM - 12 PM
    • Chris Goff (University of the Pacific), "Circles of Apollonius" (handout, slides)
  • Tue Oct 11, 2016, 5-8 PM
  • Thu Oct 13, 2016, 5-8 PM
  • Sat Oct 29, 2016, 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Tue Nov 8, 2016, 5-8 PM
    • Gordon Hamilton (MathPickle), "The Puzzles of Politics"
  • Thu Nov 12, 2016, 5-8 PM
    • Gordon Hamilton (MathPickle), "Choosing Beauty over Truth"
  • Tue Jan 10, 2017, 5-8 PM
    • Joshua Zucker, "Tessellating Pentagons"
  • Thu Jan 12, 2017, 5-8 PM
    • Joshua Zucker, "Tessellating Pentagons"
  • Tue Feb 14, 5-8 PM
  • Thu Feb 16, 5-8 PM
  • Sat Feb 25, 9 AM - 12 PM
    • Brian Conrey, "Rock, Paper, Scissors"
  • Tue Mar 14, 5-8 PM
    • Dave Patrick (Art of Problem Solving), "You can't spell 'primes' without 'pi'" (handout, slides)
  • Thu Mar 16, 5-8 PM
    • Dave Patrick (Art of Problem Solving), "You can't spell 'primes' without 'pi'" (handout, slides)
  • Sat Mar 25, 9 AM - 12 PM
    • Alan Schoenfeld (UC Berkeley), "Teaching for Robust Understanding" (handout)
  • Tue Apr 11, 5-8 PM
  • Thu Apr 13, 5-8 PM

2015 - 2016 Meeting Schedule

In 2015-16, the AIM Math Teachers' Circle met twice a month, at AIM (San Jose) and at Stanford University (Palo Alto).

San Jose Palo Alto Time Session Leader(s) Topic
Tue Sept 8, 2015 Thu Sept 10, 2015 5 - 8 pm Tom Davis Counting poker hands
Tue Oct 13, 2015 5 - 8 pm Frank Sottile, Texas A&M University Hyperbolic footballs
Thu Oct 15, 2015 5 - 8 pm Henri Picciotto Platonic and Archimedean solids
Tue Nov 10, 2015 Thu Nov 12, 2015 5 - 8 pm Josh Zucker and Corinne Cristiani Spot It! Projective Geometry for ages 7 and up
Tue Dec 8, 2015 Thu Dec 10, 2015 5 - 8 pm Tatiana Shubin Mathematical games
Tue Feb 9, 2016 Thu Feb 11, 2016 5 - 8 pm Tom Davis Units
Tue Mar 8, 2016 Thu Mar 10, 2016 5 - 8 pm Brian Conrey Pi r squared
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5 - 8 pm Henri Picciotto Abstract Algebra
Thu Apr 28, 2016 5 - 8 pm Zvezdelina Stankova, Berkeley Freeing the Clones
July 11-15, 2016 9 am - 5 pm Various Summer Immersion Workshop

 

2014 - 2015 Meeting Schedule

In December 2014, the American Institute of Mathematics moved from its Palo Alto location to the Fry's Electronics Corporate Headquarters in San Jose. AIM reopened on January 1, 2015, in its new location at 600 East Brokaw Road, San Jose. In February 2015, the Math Teachers' Circle began meeting twice a month, at AIM and at Stanford.

Palo Alto (Stanford) San Jose (AIM) Session Leader(s) Topic
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Tom Davis Area
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Susan Holtzapple & Paul Zeitz Trapezoidal numbers
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Gloria Brown Brooks & Joshua Zucker Exponentially faster exponentiation
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Corinne Cristiani & Brian Conrey Pigeonhole principle and parity problems; More parity problems
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Thursday, March 12, 2015 Tom Davis & Tom Freeman Perspective and projective geometry; Homogenous coordinates; Homogeneous Coordinates and Computer Graphics
Saturday, March 14, 2015 (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM) Henri Picciotto Pi Day and pattern blocks
Monday, April 13, 2015 Tuesday, April 14, 2015 James Tanton Mysteries of Bicycle Tracks
July 27-31, 2015 Various Summer Immersion Workshop


2013 - 2014 Meeting Schedule

Date Session Leader(s) Topic
Tuesday, September 17 Tatiana Shubin Counting: from plain to space and beyond
Thursday, October 17 at RAFT (Directions) Tom Davis Mastermind-like games
Tuesday, November 19 Brian Conrey Pairs of primes
Tuesday, January 21 Tom Davis Fractions and decimals
Saturday, February 1 (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM) Henri Picciotto Pick's theorem
Tuesday, February 25 Gordon Hamilton Cantankerous puzzles for cantankerous children *NEW* videos!
Tuesday, March 18 Tatiana Shubin Delightful problems for every taste
Tuesday, April 22 Josh Zucker Finding Fractions in an Infinite Tree
Monday, July 28 - Friday, August 1 Various Summer Immersion Workshop


Previous Years

To view our previous years' activities, please follow these links:


Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors:

AIM

NSF

Tom Davis

 

 

 

and to our past sponsors:

AMS

MAA

NSA

 

 

 

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