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Save the Date: Join us in Santa Fe on March 1-2, 2019!
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Friday, March 2 • 10:40am - 11:55am
Empowering Young Mathematicians with Math Circles FILLING

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Many students see mathematics as a series of facts, formulas, and procedures to be memorized and believe that people who are “good at math” are those who are able to recall these quickly and easily. Unfortunately, students often do not understand that mathematicians see math as a creative, collaborative endeavor filled with many twists and turns in the pursuit of interesting, challenging problems. Math Circles can change students’ beliefs, allowing them the opportunity to act as mathematicians and tackle problems that engage them and deepen their understanding of what math is really all about.

In this hands-on, participatory session, teachers will be introduced to the Math Circle model, which encourages students to "do" mathematics, rather than just learn about it. Session participants will engage as mathematical problem-solvers in an abbreviated "Math Teachers Circle," and will learn how this model can be used in the classroom to teach key problem-solving strategies and support development of the Common Core Math Practice Standards, as well as mastery of required math skills and content. They will grapple with what makes a good problem that is worthy of students' time, and will leave with an understanding of how Math Circles can offer depth, complexity, skills practice, and a joyful rigor that will leave students wanting more.


Heather Danforth-Clayson

Director of Curriculum, Helios School
Heather Danforth-Clayson began her teaching career working with low-income students through Teach for America, then earned her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. After graduation, she served as a gifted and talented coordinator for Park County School... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 10:40am - 11:55am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center