It's been quite a long time since we've met! I've settled back into a much more normal semester here at TU, and we are planning our next Tulsa Math Teachers' Circle.
Our first TMTC meeting of the year is Thursday, November 4th. We will be exercising our collective problem-solving skills in small groups this session.
|Date:||Thursday, November 4th|
|Time:||6:00 - 8:00 PM|
|Place:||The University of Tulsa, Keplinger Hall, Room 3160 (Upstairs on west wing of building)|
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 seventh year, building upon the successful past years’ programs and summer immersion workshops. Mathematics Educators and Professionals at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
There is no cost to you, so come and enjoy! Join us for our evening sessions to engage you in stimulating mathematics discussions. Please invite other mathematicians to join us.
• The evening starts at 6:00 pm with a meal. If you plan to attend, please let me know so we can have adequate food. If you have dietary concerns, you can let me know; I have no guarantees, but we may be able to accommodate you.
• At 6:30 pm, we will begin the math session.
You are welcome to invite friends and math colleagues. The event is free but please return an email to me letting me know if you plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly (you can just reply with "Coming!" if you'd like 🙂). If you wish to be removed from this TMTC email list, please let me know. ~ Janica
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. 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.