RSVP for our first Meeting of the 2018-19 School Year!

Math Circle Flyer Sept 17 2018 Lewis

Please consider joining us for an evening of collaboration
and hands-on problem-solving guided by college faculty members and
fellow practicing mathematics teachers. Math Circle Meetings are
designed to meet the requirements for Professional Development Hours
and dinner is provided so please RSVP here:!

If you cannot make this meeting but would like to be informed of
future events, please fill out this google form: in order to be put on our email

Also Save the Dates for our future meetings


  • October 15th at St. Xavier University
  • November 5th at University of St. Francis
  • January 28th at St. Xavier University
  • February 25th at Trinity Christian College
  • May 6th at Lewis University



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May Meeting of Modular Quilts and Star Polygons

During our May meeting hosted at Saint Xavier University, we discovered the mathematics of modular quilts and star polygons.

Dr. Dave Klanderman led an exploration that ties modular arithmetic to art.  We made colorful quilts based on modular 4 arithmetic using addition and multiplication tables for mod 4.

We also investigated reflection and rotational symmetries of star polygons with
Dr. Jaclyn Murawska and their connection to group theory.

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February Meeting Recap


We had a blast exploring the mathematics behind the game SET.  Thanks Dr. Kristen Schreck for leading us through such a fun and enriching session and Thanks to the University of St. Francis for hosting us!


We first learned how to play the game SET and played a few rounds with the other mathematicians at our table.

We then answered some mathematical questions about the deck… how many sets are there? What is the probability of randomly choosing a set?


We then explored the geometry of SET… what do points, lines, planes, and hyperplanes look like in SET!


Thanks to all of you who came out! Out next and final meeting of the 2017-2018 school year will be on Monday, May 21st 6:00pm at Saint Xavier University. Hope to see you there! Remember to RSVP hereMath Circle Flyer May 21 2018 Xavier

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Recap of January 2018 Meeting

We had a great turn out for our first Math Teachers’ Circle Meeting of 2018.  Rita Patel and Nicolette Staley presented on the mathematics of Sodoku. DSC_0486

Groups of K-12 teachers, professors, and future teachers worked together to solve some challenging Sudoku. We then discussed different problem-solving strategies one can use to approach these problems


We will continue our game theme in February at University of St. Francis in which we will talk about the mathematics behind the game SET.  Hope to see you there. Remember to RSVP at 

Math Circle Flyer Feb 26 2018 StFrancis

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RSVP for February 26 Meeting at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL

Click here to RSVP for the event.  Remember, you can earn up to 2.5 PD hours of credit, and free dinner is provided!

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Remember to RSVP for our January Meeting!

Remember to RSVP for our First Meeting of 2018 on January 22nd 6:00-8:30 at Lewis University. Dinner is provided! Circle Flyer Jan 22 2018 Lewis

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Guide to Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics

The Mathematical Association of America put together an Instructional Practices Guide, that is, a “Guide to Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Undergraduate Mathematics.” I think this is pretty neat and wanted to share it with you all in case you wanted some light reading for the winter break. =)

Even though most of you teach at the K-12 level, I think there is definitely some overlap in theory! Enjoy!



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