Stories from math circles.

A math circle is a social structure where participants engage in the depths and intricacies of mathematical thinking, propagate the culture of doing mathematics, and create knowledge. To reach these goals, participants partake in problem-solving, problem-posing, mathematical modeling, the practice of art, and philosophical discourse.

What is math readiness? Is it really possible to teach math readiness to very young children – toddlers and preschoolers? What does it look like? For several years Carolyn Galbraith ran a play and learning center, focusing on math readiness…

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Doing math with your children’s friends or a small math circle? Chances are your students are of mixed ages and levels. How can you have good dynamics? Don’t focus on activities that are likely to invite competition, such as problem-solving.…

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I recently had the chance to play around with the newest book here at Natural Math called Avoid Hard Work…and other Encouraging Mathematical Problem-Solving Tips for the Young, the Very Young, and the Young at Heart, by Maria Droujkova, James…

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Lydia Gordon is a math circle leader who used our Inspired by Calculus materials in several sessions, and sent these fun notes. Here are a couple of math sparks that go with activities mentioned here, in case you want to…

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