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January 2011 NAMC Newsletter

NAMC Update - JANUARY 2011

(1) NAMC at Joint Math Meetings in New Orleans - Your listing of Math Circle Activities!

Thursday, January 6
* 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m., SIGMAA on Circles (SIGMAA MCST). St. Jerome, 3rd Floor, JW Marriott
Session 1: Fostering, supporting and propagating Math Circles for Students and Teachers.

Friday, January 7
* 5:30 - 6:30 NAMC Website Training . Bacchus Room, Fourth Floor of the New Orleans Marriott
• 6:15 - 9:15 NAMC Group Dinner - email brandy@msri.org -

Saturday, January 8
* 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.,SIGMAA on Circles (SIGMAA MCST). St. Jerome, 3rd Floor, JW Marriott
Session 2: Fostering, supporting and propagating Math Circles for Students and Teachers.
* 1:00-2:30. Exhibition MATH WRANGLE Balcony L, Marriott

Sunday, January 9
* 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., SIGMAA on Circles (SIGMAA MCST) Great Ballroom E, 5th Floor, Sheraton
Math Circles demonstration.

For more information about the JMM 2011 Math Circle opportunities visit the JMM11 mathcircles.org wikipage:
https://www.mathcircles.org/content/joint-math-meetings-2011

(2) Circle on the Road 2011 - Journey to Texas!
https://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-road-2011

(3) NAMC Website How To: How to add a problem or lesson plan to our database

(4) Summer Math Programs Across the Country are accepting applications!

(5) MoMath

(6) Math Circles in the News: http://www.mathcircles.org/news

See below for more details
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NAMC at Joint Math Meetings in New Orleans - Your listing of Math Circle Activities!

• Thursday, January 6, 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m., SIGMAA on Circles (SIGMAA MCST)
Session 1: Fostering, supporting and propagating Math Circles for Students and Teachers.
St. Jerome, 3rd Floor, JW Marriott
Organizers: Elgin Johnston, Tatiana Shubin, James Tanton
8:00 – James Tanton: A Sampling of Successful Math Topics
8:20 – Manda Riehl: Creating a Math Circle for Underrepresented Minority Students
8:40 – Silva Chang*, Anne M Dougherty, Sophie Math: A Math Circle Program for Girls
9:00 – Paul Zeitz: The San Francisco Math Circle: An Experiment in Providing Mathematical Enrichment to "Unenriched" Students
9:20 – Paul Zeitz: San Francisco Math Circle: Examples of Good ``Small Group" Mathematical Activities
9:40 – Angela Hodge: Obtaining Funding for a Math Teachers' Circle: One Group's Journey
10:00 – Dave Auckly: Resources for Math Circles
10:20 – Diana White: Math Teachers' Circles - Impacting Teachers' Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
10:40 – Brianna Donaldson*, Diana White: How Do Math Teachers' Circles Affect Teachers? Themes from Teacher Surveys.

• Friday, January 7, 5:30 - 6:30 NAMC Website Training
Bacchus Room, located on the Fourth Floor of the New Orleans Marriott
Learn more about the recent NAMC updates including more social features and the
ever expanding Math Circle Problem and Lesson Database!

• Friday, January 7, 6:15 - 9:15 NAMC Group Dinner
If you are interested in joining us please email Brandy, brandy@msri.org.

• Saturday, January 8, 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.,SIGMAA on Circles (SIGMAA MCST)
Session 2: Fostering, supporting and propagating Math Circles for Students and Teachers.
St. Jerome, 3rd Floor, JW Marriott
Organizers: Elgin Johnston, Tatiana Shubin, James Tanton
8:00 – Philip Yasskin: Texas A\&M Summer Educational Enrichment (SEE-Math) for Middle School Students: Organization and Technology
8:20 - Nathan Carlson: A Tale of Two Circles
8:40 - Jeffery McLean: Gnomons at the Teacher Circle
9:00 - Sergei Tabachnikov: GEM (Guided Exploration in Mathematics) Seminar at State College High School
9:20 – Japheth Wood: Math Circles along the Hudson River: from New York City to Albany
9:40 – Brandy Wiegers*, Yuan-Juang Yvonne Lai: San Francisco Math Circle (SFMC) Mathematics and Community Attitudes Survey and Evaluation Tool
10:00 – Sam Vandervelde: Yielding the Floor: Student-Driven Math Circles
10:20 - Ted Theodosopoulos: Problem Solving Paradigms for Mathematical Research
10:40 – Tatiana Shubin: Math Circles Library

* Saturday, January 8, 1:00-2:30. Exhibition MATH WRANGLE
Balcony L, Marriott
Organizer: Steven Dunbar
Participants: Two teams of local high schools
Jurors: Ed Keppelmann, Sam Vandervelde, Paul Zeitz

• Sunday, January 9, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.,SIGMAA on Circles (SIGMAA MCST) Special Presentation
Math Circles demonstration.
Great Ballroom E, 5th Floor, Sheraton
Organizers: Ed Keppelmann, Tatiana Shubin, James Tanton
Leader: James Tanton
9:00 - Exploding Dots
9:50 - Break
10:00 - Weird Multiplication
10:40 - Break and Discussion
Participants: Local Middle and High School Students
All other students welcome!

For more information about the JMM 2011 Math Circle opportunities visit the JMM11 mathcircles.org wikipage:
https://www.mathcircles.org/content/joint-math-meetings-2011

To join SIGMAA MCST…Go to: www.maa.org/sigmaa/joining.html

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Circle on the Road 2011 - Journey to Texas!

The NAMC hosted its second national meeting, Circle on the Road, from
March 18 to March 20, 2011 in Houston, TX.

Before the festival, apprentices were teamed with experienced circle
leaders to plan and run circle sessions. After watching an experienced leader run a session in the
morning, each apprentice took over and ran a session in the afternoon. The following two days were packed
with presentations, panel discussions, and an evaluation session. Experienced leaders had the
pleasure of participating, of learning new tricks and approaches, and of seeing old friends and
meeting new ones. People new to the world of math circles came away with inspiration and are looking
forward to starting circles in the future. Following the workshop, lesson plans, handouts, and video
from the workshop will appear on the NAMC website later this summer.

More information will be posted here soon:
https://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-road-2011

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HOW TO: ADD A PROBLEM or LESSON PLAN to the NAMC Database

To start the process of adding your program to our listing you'll need to obtain a user account.
https://www.mathcircles.org/user/register
Having this account will allow you to edit content on the website and contribute to the forums.
In addition you'll be added to our mailing list where we'll be sending out regular updates about
the NAMC including information about funding opportunities and upcoming NAMC community
events.

After you have registered for a user account and signed into that account you'll be able to add
your Math Circle problem or lesson plan by visiting:
http://www.mathcircles.org/content/math-circle-problem-collection

Pick the appropriate problem category:
Math Circle Problem List has a list of individual math problems.
Math Circle Problem Sets bring together a set of individual problems with teaching tips for a lesson plan.
Math Circle Lesson Plans is a complete lesson that can be taught. This provides the chance for people to
download a complete lesson and also see tips from others who are teaching the lesson later.

If you are logged into your NAMC account the top of your section should include a link to
"Create a problem" or "Create a Lesson Plan". Click on this and fill in the open blanks with
information for your problem including searchable tags that make the problems more easily
found in the database.

All mathematics listed in this area can be "tagged" with a set of searchable terms including:
problem title text, mathematical topic classifications, appropriate student levels, level of difficulty,
and pedagogical (warm-up, homework) tag.

Your problem / lessons will then be added to the website. You'll be able to search for it on the list of
problems and it will also be listed on your personal profile for quick access.

Want to learn more? Come to the NAMC Website Session on Friday, January 7th, 5:30-6:30.
Location: Bacchus Room, located on the Fourth Floor of the New Orleans Marriott

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Summer Math Programs Across the Country are accepting applications!
Make sure to keep your Summer Math Program information up-to-date.
http://www.mathcircles.org/Wiki_FindAMathCircleNearYou_SummerPrograms

We've heard from the following programs that they are prepared to accept applications:
- Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics
- MathPath
- Awesome Math
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The Museum of Mathematics
134 West 29th Street, Suite 709/710, New York, NY 10001, United States
Website: http://www.momath.org

The first MoMath-branded toy is here. Any purchases you make will help America's only Museum
of Mathematics open its doors., http://momath.org/shop/tetraxis/
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Math Circles in the News: http://www.mathcircles.org/news
Math Circles across the country are doing many great things. We would like to
congratulate everyone involved in these achievements!
*Jan 3, 2011. Mills College Mathematics Professor to Receive Prestigious Math Award Berkeley Math Circle.
* Dec 26, 2010. Bonus Curriculum Is Greatest Common Factor For Local Math Masters. New York Math Circle
* Nov 25, 2010. Ithaca Math Circle
* November 1, 2010. NY Times Sum Fun. This 987654321 puzzle was handed out as one of several warm up problems at last week’s Stanford Math Circle meeting.
* October 26, 2010. Making Math Fun - at the Rockport Elementary Math Circle.
* Oct 18 2010, Metroplex Math Circle student at the White House Science Fair
* October 16, 2010. Promise to start new Payton City-Wide Math Circle
* September 25, 2010- Math: The Universal Language.
* Sept 13, 2010 - Laguna Niguel math whiz hones in on cancer
* September 05, 2010, Student news from Mobile County schools
* Sep 3, 2010, Teen earns scholarship for flu study
* October 30, 2009 - What Can U.S. Educators Do to Improve Math Skills?

If you'd like your Math Circle's achievements highlighted in the next newsletter - email Brandy (info@mathcircles.org).

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I wish you all the best on your work with your Math Circle program!
Brandy