Thanks to the
**Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)** **Karen VanSchoyck**

"Navajo Math Circles" - Circle Cinema - Monday, February 6, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.

**To download a flyer, click on the picture above**

**Co-sponsored by Circle Cinema, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa Math Teacher's Circle and Tulsa Math Girls' Circle, and supported by Flint Family Foundation.**

** Navajo Math Circles** follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called math circles, the students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction.This is a beautiful film that shows that anyone can learn mathematics if it is approached in the right way. The film shows how math circles help raise the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future.

The film is open to the public; it will last for one hour and will be followed by a Q&A session led by __ Tatiana Shubin__, the co-founder/co-director of the Navajo Nation Math Circles project. There will be refreshments and mingling with Tatiana following the Q&A session.

** Tatiana Shubin** is a Mathematics Professor at San Jose State University where she also conducts the San Jose Math Circle. (read more information about Tatiana by clicking on her name above).

The Tulsa Math Teachers' Circle usually meets on the first Thursday of selected months during the school year. After a light meal, a topic in mathematics is explored through problem solving and discovery. TMTC is beginning its fourth year, building upon the successful past years' programs and summer immersion workshopos. Mathematics Educators and Professionals at all levels are wlecome and encouraged to attend. There is no cost to you, so come and enjoy!

The mission of the national Math Teachers’ Circle (MTC) program, developed at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), is to establish the foundation for a culture of problem solving among middle school math teachers in the U.S. By fostering the confidence to tackle open-ended math problems, middle school teachers become better equipped to initiate more student-centered, inquiry-based pedagogies in their classrooms.

“Math Circles are a form of education outreach and enrichment through which mathematicians and mathematical scientists share their passion with K-12 teachers and students. The Math Circle landscape includes two types of programs that can operate standing alone or in coordination: Math Students’ Circles and Math Teachers’ Circles. Math Circles bring K-12 students or K-12 mathematics teachers together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The Math Circles combine significant content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics.” https://www.mathcircles.org/Wiki_WhatIsAMathCircle

TMTC was the first math circle in Oklahoma with its inception in October, 2013. TMTC now averages 35 teachers at monthly evening meetings on a school night. TGMC, the first girls’ math circle in Oklahoma, is now in its third year and averages 25 middle school girls on weekly evening meetings that run for six week stretches three times per year. The TU Math Outreach program is also beginning an afternoon math circle for grades 1-2 at Kendall-Whittier through the TU True Blue Neighbors in January, 2017. Math Circles are thriving in Tulsa!

The Tulsa Math Teachers’ Circle hosted its’ inaugural meeting in October, 2013.

The program was formed:

- To engage middle school math teachers in mathematical problem solving and involve them in an ongoing dialogue about math with students, colleagues, and professional mathematicians; and
- To provide guidance, materials, and resources to middle school math teachers that will enable them to promote open-ended problem solving as a way of learning, thinking about, and practicing mathematics in their classrooms.