Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
mathematics teachers, problem-based learning, activity programs, leadership
Many K-12 math teachers are not ready to teach from a conceptual and inquiry-oriented perspective because they have an algorithmic understanding of mathematics. One solution is to create a math teacher circle (MTC), which provides conceptual and inquiry-based learning activities and builds professionalism among the teachers. In this paper, we describe the origins of two such MTCs, highlighting the process of identifying leadership team members, submitting the grant proposal for seed money, and hosting launch events, intensive summer workshops, and monthly meetings during the academic year. We also share opportunities for professional development for college and university faculty, including research linked to shifts in in-service teacher attitudes. We finish the paper with several of this year’s best activities used at our MTC meetings, including fair division, extensions and generalizations of numerical and algebraic patterns, and applications in cryptography.
Source Publication Title
Proceedings of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences
Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences
Clark, Tom; Janssen, Mike; Harsy, Amanda; Klanderman, Dave; Maxwell, Mandi; and Robbert, Sharon, "Start a Math Teacher Circle: Connect K-12 Teachers with Engaging, Approachable, and Meaningful Mathematical Problems" (2018). Faculty Work Comprehensive List. 1002.