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Boston Math Teachers’ Circle Meetings

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The BMTC meets once per month on Saturdays during the school year at Harvard University.  Each math exploration session begins at 10 and goes to about 12:30 followed by a catered lunch with a chance for participants to talk about teaching.  The group meets in Harvard’s Science Center building (please see the campus map at https://map.harvard.edu/  to find the building – it’s marked “Science Center” – at the corner where Oxford and Kirkland Streets meet – about a five minute walk from the Harvard Square T stop).

Global Math Week is just around the corner!  October 10th, 2017 – during our first fall session in September Hilary Kreisberg, professor at Lesley University, hosted us on a tour of the Exploding Dots sessions that the Global Math Project team, led by James Tanton, is hoping that over a million students will get a chance to experience during the week of October 10th.

Get involved!!  Sign up at http://www.theglobalmathproject.org/ to help out by sharing just 15 minutes of this excellent, innovative approach to thinking about numbers, polynomials, operations, and all the basics that can sometimes trip up students – the visuals alone (and the sound effects!) are worth sharing just on their own!

Register Now!!!   We need you!!

And after that… it’ll be time to come back together for our next BMTC session, hosted by Rosalie Belanger-Rioux of the Harvard Math Department on Saturday, October 21st – details about the session to be sent out in our next email update – please sign up for the email list (below) if you haven’t already!

For examples of what the group has worked on recently, a session with Selim Tezel last spring featured the amazing visual multiplication tables (please see a picture of the art that was produced during the session by participants under the Math Art! link). You might also want to take a look at some of the intriguing integer puzzles that Neha Gupta shared with us in another spring session – please check under the Materials From Our Sessions link.

If you haven’t joined in the math fun by making it to a session yet, then this is the time to do it – we’re always welcoming new folks, and the more minds to help the group learn together, the better!  We model math as a social event, learning from each other, and enjoying sharing our ideas, and thoughts about teaching with each other. Come and be a part of this, and bring a colleague!

More about the BMTC:

In our monthly Boston Math Teachers’ Circle meetings you’ll get a chance to work together on intriguing math problems alongside mathematicians from local universities. Problems for our sessions are typically chosen by the whole group – we start off by thinking about a particular situation, and then explore mathematical connections and see where it leads us!

Participating in the BMTC puts the Common Core’s Mathematical Practices into action, such as “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them,” “Reason abstractly,” and “Construct viable arguments.” Experiencing these first-hand gives you the chance to discuss with other teachers and mathematicians how to develop these practices in your own students.

Cost: Free! The Boston Math Teachers’ Circle is fully funded by the Educational Advancement Foundation and sponsored by Harvard’s Math for Teaching program and the American Institute for Mathematics (AIM).

PDP’s: professional development points for participating in the Boston Math Teachers’ Circle are available – please contact us for details.

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