Chicago Math Teachers' Circle  

It isn't problem solving if you already know what to do!




About   Application   Leadership team   Meetings   Map and logistics   Problems


What we are all about


The Chicago Math Teachers' Circle is intended to be an opportunity for middle school math teachers to gather and solve problems together. We are part of the national Math Teachers' Circle Network and share their goals and philosophy. In the end our aim is to help teachers with the extremely difficult task of developing their students problem solving skills. However, we do not focus too directly on what will be done in the classroom. Instead, our aim is simply to give teachers the chance to solve interesting problems together. After all, how can you teach a skill that you don't practice? And besides, solving problems is great fun! If you are a teacher and this sounds like something you would be interested in, please email "chicagomathteacherscircle@gmail.com" for more information.

Leadership team


Anne Agostinelli has been teaching middle school math in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. She also serves as a teacher leader for the district and coach of her school's math team. She enjoys the energy problem solving evokes in teachers and students, and is very excited to do math with you!

Marian Bocea joined Loyola University Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 2011. He has been involved in various outreach activities with both students and teachers (middle school and high school) for many years. His love of problem solving dates back to his middle-school years when he regularly attended the Student Math Circle in his hometown in Romania.

John Del Greco has been a member of the Department of Mathematics at Loyola University Chicago since 1987. He has taught and done research in computer science, operations research, and graph theory.

Casey McLeod has been teaching middle school mathematics in the Chicago Public Schools since 2003. She currently teaches algebra at Arthur A. Libby Elementary and Middle School.

Peter Tingley has been an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago since 2012, where he teaches a wide range of math class. He has been involved in math circles since 2006, and has run sessions in 6 different circles. Most of all, he loves to solve problems!

Application

We are now taking applications for our 2016-2017 academic year program. This will consist of 4 meetings on 10/4, 12/6, 2/7, 4/4. All meetings will be 4:30-7 on Tuesdays, and will include dinner. If you are interested, please follow the link below and fill in the (short) application form. We will consider applications on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Application for 2016-2017 program

Meetings

Location: Loyola University Chicago, Lakeshore campus. IES room 111 (building 38 on the campus map, although room 111 is much closer to BVM hall, which is building 37).

Nov. 4, 2016, 4:30-7pm:
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  • Dec. 6, 2016, 4:30-7pm:
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  • Feb 7, 2017, 4:30-7pm:
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  • April 4, 2017, 4:30-7pm:
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  • May 3, 2016, 4:30-7pm:
  • Facilitators: Anne Agostinelli and Casey McLeod
  • Topic: SET!

  • March 29, 2016, 4:30-7pm:
  • Facilitator: Peter Tingley (Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Math Teachers' Circle)
  • Topic: Voting!!!!

  • Jan 26, 2016, 4:30-7pm:
  • If you plan to attend, please let us know here.
  • Facilitator: Peter Tingley (Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Math Teachers' Circle)
  • Topic: How to cut a watermelon (geometry I guess, although perhaps we'll need some algebra as well!)

  • Dec 1, 2015, 4:30-7pm:
  • If you plan to attend, please let us know here.
  • Facilitator: Peter Tingley (Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Math Teachers' Circle)
  • Topic: Counting squares.

    Sept 29, 2015, 4:30-7pm:
  • Facilitator: Peter Tingley (Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Math Teachers' Circle)
  • Topic: Game theory. Specifically, we will attempt to answer some of the deep questions posed in Kenny Rogers' song "the gambler." We also spent a lot of time discussing the Princess problem.

    March 31, 2015, 4:30-7pm:
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  • Facilitator: Peter Tingley (Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Math Teachers' Circle)
  • Topic: Problem solving (of course!). Specifically, we solved the frog and toad problem.


  • Many thanks to all who were there for making it a great session!

    Logistics

  • Contact: chicagomathteacherscircle@gmail.com.
  • Map: http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/lsc.pdf
  • Parking: You should park in the main parking structure, (called P1 on the campus map). Parking tickets will be validated at the meeting.
  • Extended Education Credits will be given. Please email us for details.

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