Greater Nebraska Math Teachers Circle | Overview

Greater Nebraska Math Teachers’ Circles (MTCs) are designed to bring together teachers of mathematics and mathematicians with the goal of discovering the excitement and richness of problem solving in deep yet accessible mathematical topics. Join other teachers of mathematics online for an event of fellowship and fun at a Greater Nebraska Math Teachers’ Circle.

The Nebraska MTC has joined with thousands of other teachers across the nation who are part of the growing Math Teachers' Circle movement. Support for MTCs comes from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) through the National Security Agency (NSA). This enables us to be a member of the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC). For more information about NAMC, check out www.mathcircles.org.

Starting with the annual kickoff event at NATM, Math Teachers Circles will convene online once a month in academic year 2020-21. The Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education will host the online Math Teachers’ Circle at Zoom Meeting ID: 942 9494 7949, password: 962742. The first MTC of the online series was in partnership with the fall NATM virtual conference. For additional information about dates, times or contact information, please contact us. In addition to these events, there are Math Teachers Circles that convene regularly and are based out of Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and Wayne, NE.

Up Next:

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Presentation: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 942 9494 7949, passcode 96274

Title: "Engagement Strategies for In-Person and Online"
Presenters: Ed Ankrom and Deb Bulin

Questions? Contact deb.bulin@thayercentral.net or eankrom@bpsnebr.org.

Monthly Online Meetings

  • Oct. 3, during NATM, presenter: Dan Schaben | Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Kb__dAwB8TU
  • Oct. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Ed Ankrom and Deb Bulin, "Math-O-Ween" | Watch on Zoom
  • Nov. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Ed Ankrom and Deb Bulin, "Engagement Strategies for In-Person and Online", Zoom Meeting ID: 942 9494 7949, passcode 96274
  • Dec. 7, 7:30-8:45 p.m: Nebraska native Dr. Hortensia Soto, Colorado State University, "Acting out Mathematics," Zoom Meeting ID: 942 9494 7949, passcode 962742. In this session, Soto will provide a quick overview of how body movement influences the learning of mathematics. In teams, participants will create body movements related to geometry facts and will use their body to create a convincing argument as to why the statement is true. Please bring your fun-meter, your creativity, your body, and open physical space (for moving) to this session.
  • Jan. 7, 2021, 7 p.m.: Susie Katt, Zoom Meeting ID: 942 9494 7949, passcode 962742
  • February: Shelby Aaberg, date TBD
  • March: TBD
  • April: TBD

Recorded Presentations

Saturday, Oct. 3
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Kb__dAwB8TU

Title: "Teach Math to Make Sense of the World"
Presenter: Dan Schaben, Arapahoe Public School
Abstract: Geometry literally means "Earth measure." As I embark on the last 10 years or so of my professional educational career, I reflect on how I started and how I intend to finish that career. Math to me growing up made no sense, and it made little sense until I started asking my own questions in my 30s about why and how. I was so busy becoming mistake-free, I missed the big picture and failed to learn. Math is just now making sense to me at age 46, and every day another piece falls into place. Join me as I share some of the tools and processes I have used over the years to become good at sense making. How can we turn all of our students into questioners? How can we break free of the hamster wheel that is "teaching to the test"? How can math education be about measuring the Earth again?

Wednesday, Oct. 21
Zoom link

Title: "Math-O-Ween!"
Presenters: Ed Ankrom and Deb Bulin
Abstract: Come join us to get some activities and ideas to use in your middle/high school classroom to celebrate Halloween! If you have any ideas, bring those as well!