Tucson Math Teachers' Circle
All middle school and high school mathematics teachers who are interested in exploring engaging, accessible topics in mathematics and who strive to incorporate a problem solving approach in their classrooms are encouraged to participate in the Tucson Teachers' Circle.
Participants gain a variety of resources, membership in a dynamic community of mathematics educators, and a renewed sense of appreciation for the fascinating world of mathematics. Participation is free of charge thanks to the support of the Institute for Mathematics and Education (IM&E) , the University of Arizona Foundation, and generous private donors. Please contact us if you would like to support the Teachers' Circle. Click here for a copy of our brochure.
Teachers and university faculty members gather at the University of Arizona (usually in the Gould Simpson Building or the Mathematics Building, depending on the group size and equipment needs)from 5:15–7:15 PM one Monday evening per month to participate in problem solving related to the night's theme. Rich mathematical discussions ensue as teachers explore new ideas.
Participants enjoy a catered dinner and have opportunities to share classroom experiences, best practices, and challenges.
Teachers earn recertification credits for their involvement.
Math Circles for students have existed for decades in Eastern Europe. A variation also exists in China. They were created to provide challenging problems for high-achieving mathematics students and also to expose these students to topics not covered in the standard school curriculum. These sessions stimulated interest in mathematics and helped these students to compete in various mathematics competitions.
In recent years, Math Circles for students were introduced in Berkeley, California and also in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is currently a Math Circle operating here at the University of Arizona.
Some dedicated math folk in the Bay Area started the first Math Teachers' Circle at the American Institute of Mathematics in 2006. It was so successful that a grant was created to spread the ideas. The American Institute of Mathematics continues to support the training of new teams to create Teachers' Circles throughout the country, and to support them with resources including this useful website.
Click here to see where other Teachers' Circles exist in the United States.
Spring 2014 Tucson Math Teachers' Circle Events
Short paths on surfaces
2011/2012 Tucson Math Teachers' Circle Events
Brie Finegold and Priya Prasad
Twists and Turns in Mathematics - The Moebius Strip and its cousins
The Euler characteristic: Geometry by Counting
Graph Theory to the Rescue!
Ancient Number Systems
W. Steven Rosenthal
Mathematics is in the Cards
Graph Theory to the Rescue!
Going The Distance: How to Do Algebra in Geometric Settings
Ginny Bohme & Carrie Wright
Exploring Some Favorite Problems
Click here to browse sessions from 2007-2010.
Tucson Math Teachers' Circle brochure