The Central Iowa Middle School Math Teachers' Circle
offers an opportunity for middle school teachers to work together learning, discovering, and communicating intriguing mathematical ideas while becoming acquainted with an effective problem solving approach to teaching mathematics.
Sessions led by Circle organizers and guest presenters will be devoted primarily to discovery, problem solving and interactive learning centered around problems and activities that are appropriate for middle school math.
Meetings will focus on problem solving ideas such as symmetry, pattern recognition, parity, special cases, invariants, etc. These ideas will be illustrated through problems in areas such as geometry, graph theory, tiling, counting, number theory, and probability.
Participants will practice incorporating a problem solving approach into mathematics education and providing peer support for these efforts.
Handouts or short modules based on the materials covered will be available after each session, accompanied by a list of online resources for these activities.
Dinner will be provided. Some travel costs may be reimbursed. Stipends will be paid to teachers who attend 80% of the sessions. Continuing Education credit will be available.
Perhaps most valuable of all, the Circle will give you a chance to meet and exchange ideas with other central Iowa middle school mathematics teachers.
The Circle will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 8-10 times during the 2008-2009 school year. The first meeting will be October 21 in Room 290 Carver Hall on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.
819 Lincoln Way
, IA 50010
42° 1' 22.5984" N, 93° 37' 15.4452" W