### Dates: January 6-9, 2016

Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

Official Website: http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm

Here is the Flyer with most of these events all printed on one page!

Make sure to follow the Math Circle JMM events online, https://www.facebook.com/MathCircles, this is especially a great way to connect for those of you who can’t join us this year.

**Math Circle Events:**

- Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (6:30-7:50 p.m.) AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation
*Navajo Math Circles*, produced by MSRI Ballroom 6BC, Convention Center - Thursday, January 7, 2016 (8:00-11:55 a.m.) MAA Session on The Broad Impact of Math Circles Room 303, Convention Center
- Friday, January 8, 2016 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) SIGMAA MCST Business Meeting Location: Room 302 of Washington Convention Center
- Friday, January 8, 2016 (5:00-7:00 p.m.) National Association of Math Circles Happy Hour Location: McMenamins Six Arms Pub: 300 E Pike St.
- Saturday, January 9, 2016 (11:00-11:50 a.m.) SIGMAA on MCST Math Circle Demonstration by Zvezdelina Stankova Room 612, Convention Center
- Saturday, January 9, 2016 (1:00-2:30 p.m.) SIGMAA on MCST Math Wrangle Room 612, Convention Center

**Additional Math Circle Related Events:**

- Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (9:30-10:25 a.m.) MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Outreach. Room 618, Washington State Convention Center
- Thursday, January 7, 2016 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) MAA Poster Session: Mathematical outreach programs. Hall 4F, 4th Floor, Washington State Convention Center
- Thursday, January 7, 2016 (1:00-4:10 p.m.) SIAM Minisymposium on K-8 Applied Mathematics Outreach Activities. Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center
- Thursday, January 7, 2016 (2:00-4:00 p.m.) MAA Poster Session on Projects Supported by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education. Hall 4F, 4th Floor, Washington State Convention Center
- Saturday, January 9, 2016 (8:00-8:50 a.m.) MAA Special Presentation for High School Teachers and Students: How to Think Brilliantly and Creatively in Mathematics, A Guide for K-12 Educators and Their Students. Room 612, Washington State Convention Center
- Saturday, January 9, 2016 (8:00-8:50 a.m.) High School Quadratics:How to Think About and Do Everything About Them Brilliantly and Creatively Room 612, Washington State Convention Center

See below for more details.

**AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation Navajo Math Circles, produced by MSRI**

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (6:30-7:50 p.m.)

Ballroom 6BC, Convention Center

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results. *Navajo Math Circles*, a one-hour film, documents this process over a two year period.

See more at: http://www.zalafilms.com/navajo/

**MAA Session on The Broad Impact of Math Circles**

Thursday, January 7, 2016 (8:00-11:55 a.m)

Room 303, Convention Center

Organizers:

Amanda Matson, Clarke University

Katherine Morrison, University of Northern Colorado

Philip Yasskin, Texas A&M University

*Presentations Include:*

- 8:00 a.m: The benefits of running a Math Circle with college students for middle school students. Amy Wangsness Wehe, Fitchburg State University
- 8:20 a.m: From 5th to 12th: Discoveries and Challenges of Multi-leveled Math Circles. Kaitlyn Phillipson*, Texas A&M University; Frank Sottile, Texas A&M University; Alex Sprintson, Texas A&M University; Philip B. Yasskin, Texas A&M University
- 8:40 a.m: Building a Network: The North Carolina Network of Math Teachers’ Circles. Sloan Evans Despeaux, Western Carolina University.
- 9:00 a.m: Developing Mathematics Teachers’ Mathematical Problem solving Through a Math Teachers’ Circle Framework.. Patrice Waller*, Virginia State University; Sandra Richardson, Virginia State University.
- 9:20 a.m: UCI Math CEO: The ripple effect of the UCI Community Educational Outreach. Alessandra Pantano*, University of California, Irvine
- 9:40 a.m: Kittitas Valley Math Circle, a program for students and their parents. Brandy S Wiegers*, Central Washington University, National Association of Math Circles; Dominic Klyve, Central Washington University; Allyson Rogan-Klyve, Central Washington University, Oregon State University; Janet Shiver, Central Washington University.
- 10:00 a.m: In Their Own Words: Teachers Reflect on their MTC Experiences. Michelle A Manes*, University of Hawaii at Manoa
- 10:20 a.m: The Broad Impact of Math Teachers’ Circles: Results from the First Decade. Brianna Donaldson*, American Institute of Mathematics
- 10:40 a.m: Students’ perceptions for an impact of Math and Logic enrichment program.Victoria Kofman, Stella Academy; Aleksandra Fedorov*, Stella Academy; Ryan Marchenko, Stella Academy; Ethan Soifer, Stella Academy, Buffalo Grove IL.
- 11:00 a.m: Mentoring Students and Supporting Teachers: New Programs from the Navajo Nation Math Circles Project. Bob Klein*, Ohio University Department of Mathematics; Rebecca Bycofski, Ohio University Department of Mathematics; Henry Fowler, Diné College Department of Mathematics.
- 11:20 a.m: A Math Student Circle in Rural Wisconsin Richard P Spindler*, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
- 11:40 a.m: A discussion session hosted by the National Association of Math Circles and the Math Teachers’ Circle Network.

**SIGMAA-MCST Business Meeting**

Friday, January 8, 2016 (2:30-3:30 p.m)

Location: Room 302 at the Washington Convention Center

**NAMC Happy Hour – Appetizers and no-host dinner**

Friday, January 8, 2016 (5:00-7:00 p.m)

Location: McMenamins Six Arms Pub: 300 E Pike St.

**How to Think Brilliantly and Creatively in Mathematics: A Guide for K-12 Educators and Their Students**

Saturday, January 9, 2016 (8:00 – 8:50 am)

Room 612, Convention Center

Organized by Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College.

Presenter is James Tanton, MAA.

This lecture is a guide for thinking brilliantly and creatively in mathematics for K-12 educators, their students, and all seeking joyful mathematics doing. How do we model and practice uncluttered thinking and joyous doing in the classroom? Pursue deep understanding over rote practice and memorization? Develop the art of successful flailing? Our complex society demands of its next generation not only mastery of quantitative skills, but also the confidence to ask new questions, explore, wonder, flail, persevere, innovate, and succeed. Let’s not only send humans to Mars, let’s teach our next generation to solve problems and get those humans back if something goes wrong! In this talk, James Tanton will explore five natural principles of mathematical thinking. We will all have fun seeing how school mathematical content is the vehicle for ingenuity and joy. All are so welcome to attend! Sponsored by MAA Council on Outreach.

**High School Quadratics: How to Think About and Do Everything About Them Brilliantly and Creatively**

Saturday, January 9, 2016 (9:15 – 10:45 am)

Room 612, Convention Center

Organized by Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College.

Presenter is James Tanton, MAA.

James Tanton will now put brilliant and creative thinking practices into an actual high-school topic: the study of quadratics in algebra II. Let’s see how to bring the light of ease and joyful doing into this standard classroom unit. By letting go of a focus on jargon and memorization we can effectively help our students develop the confidence to “nut their way” through questions and challenges, to engage in problem solving, and to develop the confidence to persevere. We can teach our students to be confident and agile thinkers and still master the curriculum content they are required to know. This workshop will model the presentation of the entire standard quadratics content, illustrating how doing less leads to more! Sponsored by MAA Council on Outreach.

**SIGMAA on MCST Math Circle Demonstration**** **

Saturday, January 9, 2016 (11:00-11:50 a.m)

Room 612, Convention Center

Presenter: Zvezdelina Stankova, Mills College and Berkeley Math Circle.

A math circle is an enrichment experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with pre-college students and/or their teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a math circle experience designed for local students. While students are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle. Sponsored by the SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers.

**SIGMAA on MCST Math Wrangle **

Saturday, January 9, 2016 (1:00-2:30 p.m)

Room 612, Convention Center

This session will pit teams of students against each other, the clock, and a slate of great math problems. The format of a Math Wrangle is designed to engage students in mathematical problem solving, promote effective teamwork, provide a venue for oral presentations, and develop critical listening skills. A Math Wrangle incorporates elements of team sports and debate, with a dose of strategy tossed in for good measure. The intention of the Math Wrangle demonstration at the Joint Math Meetings is to show how teachers, schools, circles, and clubs can get students started in this exciting combination of mathematical problem solving with careful argumentation via public speaking, strategy and rebuttal. Sponsored by the SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers and American Mathematics Competitions.