Easy Complexity and Special Snowflakes Online Math Circle

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  • What: An intensive two-day online class about Natural Math activities and methods
  • Who: Parents, teachers, math circle leaders, and their children
  • When: January 26-27, evenings New York time
  • Why: Learn how to help your children play with rich and beautiful math

Easy Complexity Course

If you are a parent or a teacher reading this, you probably want to offer math activities that are full of joy and beauty. It may sound simple when you read blogs or books – a child’s play. Yes, give children blocks or patterns to play and have fun, use a few math words along the way, ask a question or two, and voila! – you have an amazing math adventure for your students or family!

The reality is often different. Our dark math past may hold us back from playing. Even if we manage to organize an open, joyful activity, we have this nagging feeling that it’s not advanced enough, not deep enough, not hard enough. If it’s not difficult and a bit painful, is it even real math?

This two-day online math circle will help you learn how to deal with both dangers. First, we will offer activities that can get you playing, give you the much-needed sense of ease. Next, you will learn to ask great questions and find bridges to more complex explorations within these now-familiar activities.

Easy Complexity is one of the seven Natural Math main principles, and the focus of this workshop. Your activities will be beautiful, funky papercraft from around the world. In easy ways, accessible to five-year-olds, you can use these activities to explore geometric transformations, algebraic groups, and calculus concepts such as infinity and limits.

Natural Math Principles

Math Circle Format

Day One, online: Dr. Maria Droujkova and Shelley Nash help you learn about the concept of easy complexity, then experience the activities as a student. You ask questions, and prepare to share the activities with children. This activity is for grown-ups, though children are welcome to be around.

Between the meetings, local: You become the leader, and offer the activities to children, colleagues, or friends.

Day Two, online: Share your experience with others, get feedback on your activity and questions, and work together in small groups to plan your next activity for your family or students.
Dr. Maria Droujkova is a parent, curriculum developer, and mathematics education consultant. Maria brings together leaders in mathematics education, researchers, developers, parents, and teachers for projects and discussions of family mathematics, early algebra, individualized instruction, math games, and math clubs.

Shelley Nash is the homeschooling mom of seven amazing and challenging kids ages 13 to 1. For over 20 years, she has been driven by an insatiable desire to understand learning, education, education’s role in our society and personal development, and the role of technology in learning. She is passionate about letting children own their education and learning, and about discovering the elements that inspire learning in all of us.

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Date, Time, Location, Cost

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, January 26-27, 2016
  • 8:00 – 9:30 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time (New York)
  • Registration is $20. Work-trade stipends are available upon request.
  • Online talk software, similar to Skype

Moebius Noodles Paper

Tech, Materials, Recording

  • Supplies: paper (plain or colored), scissors, glue, markers or pencils.
  • Connection and devices: you will need fast internet to watch and listen. It’s better to have a microphone and a webcam so you can show and tell as well, but you can also use text chat. We recommend larger screens rather than phones.
  • Software: Zoom is a tool for talking, like Skype or Google Hangouts. Please download and try it, here: https://zoom.us/test The same page has the link to a tech support center, in case you need it.
  • Recording: The meetings will be available as YouTube videos.

Math Papercraft

Questions? Email reach.out@naturalmath.com or ask in comments to this page.

This workshop is limited to 40 participants. Register today!

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Easy Complexity

6 comments on “Easy Complexity and Special Snowflakes Online Math Circle
  1. Elizabeth says:

    Wow – I’m so disappointed I only found this now – too late to participate. I am about to start a ‘math club’ as part of a small tuition centre in a classroom at my home, and this course speaks directly to what I’m trying to figure out. Please let me know when the next one happens but otherwise, if there is any way I can pay the course fee and have access to the recordings, I would appreciate it hugely.

    Johannesburg, South Africa

  2. Vanita Khandpur says:

    It seems I missed this course. Is there another one coming up?

  3. Marilee says:

    I would LOVE to take this course when/if it comes around again as well as just be able to access a recording. I’m building a math summer camp as well as math enrichment after school club and am LOVING what I’m finding here!!

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