August Workshop Recap!

We had great fun exploring rich mathematics during our August Workshop!!

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We started the morning working on Freeing the Clones which led to a discussion about the concept of infinity and productive struggle!

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Later we learned about using “Exploding Dots” to visualize and understand arithmetic in multiple bases and polynomial algebra!

After lunch, we introduced Hexaflexigons and made some of our own!

We had fun doing the Conway’s Rational Tangles dance as our last session which brought us back into discussions about infinity!

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We ended the night with dinner and discussions about inquiry-based learning, promoting growth mindset, incorporating classroom activities, and facilitating group work!Copy of DSC_0421

We especially want to give special thanks to our sponsor Duane Walker, in memory of Mary Anne Walker, who made this workshop possible. Mary Anne Walker, who passed away in 2012, taught at Jefferson Junior High School for 10 years and Romeoville High School for 25 years. She shaped and influenced countless lives of young people, and those efforts continue through support of this workshop.

Our next session will be on September 18th at Lewis University from 6:00pm-8:30pm (dinner provided). Please RSVP herehttp://bit.ly/MTCSept2017

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Remember to RSVP for our Free August Workshop!

Happy summer everyone!
Remember to RSVP for our Free Math Teachers’ Circle Workshop on August 2nd 9am-7pm at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL! This is a great way to get ready for the next school year and earn lots of CPDU hours!

We will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a T-shirt, so please RSVP here by July 24th: http://bit.ly/augworkshop  
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Summer Workshop on Incorporating Mathematical Modeling into the Classroom

Interested in getting learning strategies to make courses more interactive through modeling activities? How about if we add CPDUs and a stipend to the deal? Check out this workshop at Lewis University. Space is limited so please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/Rmswyj8KEXHmMpqh1

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Announcing 1-Day Math Teachers’ Circle Workshop: August 2, 2017

We are excited to announce that we are able to host a 1-Day Math Teachers’ Circle Workshop on August 2nd at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL! We will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a T-shirt, so please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/MALQWbJ8WjmiOOvN2

Share the news and hope to see you there!

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This workshop is sponsored by Duane Walker, in memory of Mary Anne Walker.  Mary Anne Walker, who passed away in 2012, taught at Jefferson Junior High School for 10 years and Romeoville High School for 25 years. She shaped and influenced countless lives of young people, and those efforts continue through the support of this workshop.

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Remember to RSVP for our Next Meeting: May 18th at Lewis University!

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February 16, 2017 Recap: Cryptography

img_6012On February 16th, Dr. Sharon Robbert from Trinity Christian College led our second meeting of 2017. The topic was Cryptography and Dr. Robbert led our group on a classical Whodunit mystery. Throughout the session, we learned how to use different cryptography systems to solve clues to solve the mystery.
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We ended the session with suggestions for how we can implement cryptography into our classrooms. Cryptography is a great way to engage students and connect to a variety of mathematical fields including, geometric measurement, modular arithmetic, statistics and frequency analysis, number theory and more.
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Our next Math Circle Meeting won’t be until May 18th*6:00-8:30 pm at Lewis University. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/iS5Bu8gj7ARPQ6vC3

See you next time!

*Due to K-12 testing schedules and spring breaks

 

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Remember to RSVP for our February Meeting

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Hope to see you there!
RSVP  here: https://goo.gl/forms/EccUsfyUPCfNsdc62

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