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Math Teachers' Circle

A teacher-led mathematical problem-solving and
professional development experience for middle level teachers


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Mission Statement

Math Teachers Circles bring together active mathematicians, teachers and others invested in mathematics education. The goal is to discover and pass along to students the excitement and richness of problem solving in deep yet accessible mathematical topics.

What is a Math Teachers Circle?

There are several Math Teachers Circles in Nebraska:

The goal of these Circles is to encourage a culture of problem solving in Nebraska classrooms. The Circle brings together mathematics teachers and active mathematicians to engage in mathematical problem-solving and to provide guidance and resources math teachers can use in promoting open-ended problem-solving as a way of learning and thinking about mathematics in their classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate to adapt the mathematics learned to their classroom.

The Math Teachers Circle provides a gathering place for math teachers who enjoy discovering great mathematics and who enjoy engaging in conversations with colleagues and professional mathematicians.

What types of mathematics happens at a Circle meeting?

The mathematical problems have multiple entry levels and can be accessible to a wide variety of students.

How Do I Get Involved?

The Teachers Circles convening in Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney and Wayne meet multiple times throughout the school year. The Greater Nebraska Math Teachers Circle convenes one or two times per year depending upon the location. Teachers gather on a weekday evening to have a simple dinner (or snacks) together and discuss experiences in their respective classes over the prior few weeks. In this way participants can regularly explore exciting new math topics, which can serve both as a refreshing time spent enjoying the subject they teach as well as a potential source of enrichment material for their classes.

Contact the organizers of a Circle near you for more information. Special thanks to the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education for providing dinners.

Quotes From Lincoln Organizers

"I have used many rich problem solving activities with my Math Intervention students as well as my gifted students. It is fun and rewarding when the students I least expect are actively involved in successfully solving the problem."
Julie Kreizel, Mickle Middle School & LPS Math Coach
"Higher level thinking problems provided my students the opportunity to surprise me with the depth of their mathematical knowledge."
Anne Schmidt, Culler Middle School Math Coach
"The mathematics is interesting, rich, deep, but accessible to all and best of all it is FUN!"
Steve Dunbar, UNL
"Math circles will provide sustainable staff development that will have a profound effect on teachers' content knowledge and the ability to transfer the mathematics to their students."
Sue Graupner, LPS

About Our Sponsors

For more information about Math Teachers Circles, check out www.mathteacherscircle.org.

Central Nebraska

Times:
6:00 pm - Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm
- Presentation

Dates:

  • October 27, 2014
  • November 2014 - TBA
  • December 2014 - TBA

Location:
Horizon Middle School
Kearney

For other information about the Central Nebraska Math Teachers' Circle, contact Dr. Pari Ford at fordpl@unk.edu or text 402-413-1416.

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Lincoln Area

Times:
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Presentation

Dates:

  • October 30, 2014
  • November 13, 2014
  • January 22, 2015
  • February 12, 2015
  • April 9, 2015

Location:
Culler Middle School
52nd and Vine streets
Lincoln

For other information about the Lincoln Area Math Teachers' Circle, contact Anne Schmidt at aschmid@lps.org.

Omaha Area

Teachers of all grades K-12 are welcome.

Times:
4:15 - 6:00 pm

Dates:

  • October 14, 2014
  • November 4, 2014
  • December 4, 2014

Location:
University of Nebraska Omaha
Community Engagement Center #231
Omaha

For more information about the Omaha Area Math Teachers' Circle, contact: