# Tucson Math Teachers' Circle

# About this program

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.

# Session Structure

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.

# Historical Roots

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.

# Fall 2014 Tucson Math Teachers' Circles Events

## Middle School Teachers' Circle

**Monday, September 8**

Jason Aubrey
*The Fibonacci Factor*

**Monday, October 13**

Bruce Bayly

Topic TBA

**Monday, November 10**

Angel Chavez

Topic TBA

**Monday, December 8**

Susan Durst

Topic TBA

## High School Teachers' Circle

**Monday, September 22**

Brie Finegold
*An Introduction to Data Analysis for High School: Answering real-life questions by analyzing raw data*

**Monday, October 27**

Fred Stevenson

Topic TBA

**Monday, November 24**

Aaron Eckstrom

Topic TBA

**Monday, December 15**

Tyler Kloefkorn

Topic TBA

# Spring 2014 Tucson Math Teachers' Circles Events

## Middle School Teachers' Circle

**Monday, February 10**

Fred Stevenson
*Bumper Pool*

**Monday, March 10**

Brie Feingold
*Turn up the volume!*

**Monday, April 14**

Susan Durst
*Symmetries and wallpaper patterns.*

## High School Teachers' Circle

**Monday, February 24**

David Glickenstein
*Short paths on surfaces*

**Monday, March 24**

Tom Kennedy
*Packing the plane with discs*

**Monday, April 28**

Fred Stevenson
*Shattering the number one*

# 2011/2012 Tucson Math Teachers' Circle Events

## Middle School Teachers' Circles

**Thursday, September 8**

Brie Finegold and Priya Prasad
*Twists and Turns in Mathematics
- The Moebius Strip and its cousins*

**Tuesday, October 11**

Nate Carlson
*Pascal's Triangle: A Voyage of Mathematical Discovery*

**Thursday, November 10**

Rohit Thomas
*The Euler characteristic: Geometry by Counting *

**Saturday, January 21**

MEAD Conference

**Thursday, February 9**

Carrie Wright
*Graph Theory to the Rescue!*

**Thursday, March 8**

Priya Prasad
* Ancient Number Systems*

**Thursday, April 12**

Silvia Saccon
* Crytography *

## High School Teachers' Circle

**Thursday, September 22**

Fred Stevenson
*Five Mathematical Problems You Can Try on the
Back of a Napkin*

**Tuesday, October 13**

W. Steven Rosenthal
*Mathematics is in the Cards*

**Thursday, November 17**

Carrie Wright
*Graph Theory to the Rescue!*

**Thursday, February 16**

Cody Patterson
*Going The Distance: How to Do Algebra in Geometric Settings*

**Thursday, March 15**

Josh Tabor
*Using Tools of Statistics to Solve the World's problems*

**Thursday, April 19**

Ginny Bohme & Carrie Wright
*Exploring Some Favorite Problems*

## Past Sessions

Click here to browse sessions from 2007-2010.

# Contact Us

To learn more about the circle and inquire about joining, send an email to ime@math.arizona.edu or contact the Teacher Circles' facilitator: Jason Aubrey, (520) 621-4659.

Tucson Math Teachers' Circle brochure