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Welcome to the 2016 MidSchoolMath National Conference!

Session scheduling is limited to registered attendees - all attendees should receive schedule access via email by Jan. 4 or within two business days of registering. Click on the "More Information" link for detailed directions on accessing SCHED and signing up for concurrent sessions.

Programming begins each morning at 8:15 am sharp, ending at 4:30 pm on Friday, followed by a social hour from 5:00 - 6:30 pm; and ends at 4:15 pm on Saturday.

Please note, schedule is subject to change.

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Saturday, February 20 • 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Math Circles: Students Can Think Like a Mathematician! FULL

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We refer to our students as young poets or artists in their English or Art classes when they create their poems and paintings.  Why not have them learn to create their own mathematics (and not just learn to follow algorithms) as they must in a math circle?

This session introduces the notion and practice of a “math circle.” To quote from the National Association of Math Circles site: "Math Circles bring K-12 students or K-12 mathematics teachers together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The Circles combine significant content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics."

We will run a math circle session, with the mathematical level being accessible and interesting to students in grades 5 though 9 (and even above!). This does not mean that the problems will be easy. They will certainly not be. In general, problems will start from an easily grasped place—perhaps involving some physical object or manipulative—and build to a more generalized understanding of the area of mathematics involved.

Presenters
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Lori Brown

Math Department Chair/Teacher, The Academy for Technology & the Classics
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James Taylor

Co-Director, Math Teachers' Circle of Santa Fe
James Taylor runs the Teachers' Circle of Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He retired after 21 years at Santa Fe Preparatory School as Computer Department Chair, computer/computational science and mathematics teacher, as well as Director of Technology. He has been working with math... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center