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Engaging kids in mathematical discovery has long been touted as best practice in mathematics education, but the methods are obscure. In this 10-week long class you will learn methods and techniques and practices for leading collegial, non-competitive math circles, spreading the joy of discovery among students, and re-discovering how deep mathematics comes naturally from friendly conversation between peers, starting from "accessible mysteries."
Facilitated by Tifin Calcagni and Avital Oliver with over 10 years of combined experience leading math circles, you will:
• Experience what it's like to be in a math circle, searching for mathematical meaning and sense-making of challenging problems
• Discuss strategies for structuring a math circle, that starts from a single "accessible mystery" that leads to deep mathematical inquiry
• Learn techniques for keeping a group actively engaged in challenging mathematics, including sharing their ideas and working together towards a shared goal
• Learn techniques for guiding inquiry in problem-solving
• Watch and critique math circles led by experienced leaders and your classmates
• Lead your own math circles with our group of students using the techniques and strategies you are learning, and get feedback from your instructors and classmates