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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Remember RSVP for our November Meeting!

Math Circle Flyer Oct 20 2017 StXavier

Just another reminder that our next Math Teachers’ Circle Meeting will be Monday, November 20th from 6:00-8:30 pm at Saint Xavier University. Dinner is provided so please RSVP (by November 16th) here

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October 16th Meeting Recap: Frogs and Toads

The Southwest Math Circle had the privilege of having Dr. Peter Tingley of Loyola University Chicago lead our October 16th Meeting at Trinity Christian College.


Peter first had us do a warm-up problem to start a conversation about strategies for problem-solving.

When faced with a problem, Peter gave these problem-solving tips:
1) Do something.
2) Do something else.
3) Learn from what goes wrong.
4) Do an easier problem first.

We then started our session with a problem with frogs and toads. The question was proposed as follows: A 5 by 5 grid is arranged as in the picture below. The frogs can move to the right or down or jump over toads in the same direction. Toads can move to the left or up or jump over frogs. The goal of the game is to have the frogs and toads switch sides on the board.IMAG4194

We had a great time solving this problem and found that the strategies to problem-solving we had discussed earlier really came into play.

IMAG4199 In working on the problem, we decided that we needed to add one more thing to our problem-solving list:
5) Don’t stop just because you solved the question!


We hope you will join us for our next session on November 20th at Saint Xavier University. Please RSVP here: Circle Flyer Oct 20 2017 StXavier

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Upcoming free online course on Transformations in Plane Geometry!

Hi everyone,
I wanted to let you know about an upcoming free online course offered by the Park City Math Institute:
Online Course: Geometry Transformed!
Dates: November 7 – December 5
Description: A five-week course for teachers who want to deepen their understanding of transformations in plane geometry and who seek examples of how rigid motions and dilations and their combinations can be presented in the classroom.
For more information, please visit Please contact Gabe Rosenberg at with any questions.
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