Math Teachers' Circle Network
Virtual Workshop

July 13th – July 17th, 2020

Description: This free workshop will offer stand-alone sessions throughout the week of July 13 to 17. The daily program includes math sessions, “Teachers’ Lounge” seminars, and social time to connect with math friends near and far. All MTC members are invited to join the workshop for as many sessions as they’d like!

Daily Drop-In Schedule at a Glance

Highlight over a session to see its description. Links to sessions are available upon registering.

MTC Workshop Calendar

Get ready for a day of math fun with some Zoom-ba! Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.

Get ready for a day of math fun with some Zoom-ba! Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.

Get ready for a day of math fun with some Zoom-ba! Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.

Get ready for a day of math fun with some piyo (a blend of Pilates and yoga)! Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.

Get ready for a day of math fun with some yoga flow! We’ll do a blend of yoga and pilates movements for stretching and strengthening. Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.

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Counting the number of ways to decompose a number into sums is an accessible but challenging problem. We will explore various ways to represent sums and the patterns that emerge from them, and see how changing our point of view can help us get started on a novel problem! Along the way we’ll uncover a multitude of problem-solving strategies.

Because of the pandemic, many educators are finding that they need to teach partially or fully online. In this session, instructors from various institutions will discuss challenges, tools, and resources for online instruction.

Join us for this fun blend of math and trivia! Work with a team to estimate the answers to questions and earn points depending on the accuracy of your guesses.

Description coming soon!

The beauty of low floor, high ceiling, math is the challenge it poses, allowing everyone to start in the exploration and conjecture, and having the point where everyone gets stuck. Understanding that math has flexibility to be played with is a key skill in math education. Using the basic operations and simple (at first glance) problems we’re going to bend math and explore alternative ways to solutions. The focus being on what we see, what we notice, and what we think, remembering that the struggle and mistakes are just as important as the solutions.

Description coming soon!

Come learn about Desmos and how it can be used for interactive online teaching.

Join us for a math-themed game of Jeopardy!

Join us for a fun game and engrossing mathematics. Francis Su introduced “The Game of Cycles” in his book, “Mathematics for Human Flourishing.”  The game is easy to learn and fun to play. And—importantly—it is a fascinating mathematical object. In this session we’ll play the Game of Cycles, and then ask and explore mathematical questions about the game. No experience with the game is necessary.

Is it possible to measure all possible integer lengths on a ruler without marking every integer on that ruler? In particular, can you construct the most efficient ruler that can measure all integer lengths from 1 inch to 36 inches on a yardstick using the least number of marks? Join us as we explore how to make a “perfect ruler”!

Navajo Math Circles is a one-hour film that documents the meeting of two worlds: that of some of the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators, with the children and teachers in the underserved, largely rural Navajo educational system. Join us for a screening of the film and a chat with filmmaker George Csicsery.

Find out how you, your students, and their families can participate this fall in the sister programs to MTC that make up Math Communities at the American Institute of Mathematics ( Also, learn some creative methods for engaging students and educators in online math circles and festivals.

Join us as we explore John Conway’s Game of Life, one of the most mind-expanding mathematical playgrounds ever invented. It is based on cellular automata — an area of mathematics that gave rise to computers and the computerized world we now live in. Think Minecraft meets Rube Goldberg machines. You’ll learn how to play Life using physical manipulatives, then go deeper with computer versions of Life. Along the way you’ll ponder deep questions about physics, biology, computability, and how complex behavior can arise from simple rules.

In this hands-on, interactive session we will teach the basics of snapology origami and guide you in constructing an icosahedron out of paper strips with no glue! After the session, you will be able to construct other snapology origami polyhedra on their own. This math craft activity builds spatial and fine motor skills, and is perfect for long periods of time spent at home.


  1. To benefit fully from this interactive session, it is requested that video cameras be left on. Please only sign up if you are able to participate via video.

  2. Please come prepared with special cardstock for doing your own snapology origami. Two options for obtaining this cardstock are through Michael's (free curbside pickup) or Staples (free curbside pickup or next-day delivery).

  3. It would be also helpful to have an icosahedron model at hand for this session. The icosahedron can be made out of any material or construction toy. Alternatively, you can simply print this icosahedron template onto cardstock or a manila folder and glue it together along the tabs.

In this session, we “read the world” with mathematics by modeling the pandemic and the impact of different policy proposals on the spread of disease. We then consider the implications of this mathematics and how our deepened understanding helps us and students look at the world through a critical lens and utilize mathematics to “write the world.”

In this panel session, Gloria Brown Brooks (Hollister County Office of Education and TODOS: Mathematics for All), Hortensia Soto (Colorado State University), Belin Tsinnajinnie (Santa Fe Community College), and Aris Winger (Georgia Gwinnett College) will share their perspectives on equity in math education. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Continue discussing equity in mathematics education with panelists, workshop organizers, and other participants.

In this session, the facilitator will provide a quick overview of how body movement influences the learning of mathematics. In teams, participants will create body movements related to geometry facts and will use their body to create a convincing argument as to why the statement is true. Please bring your fun-meter, your creativity, your body, and open physical space (for moving) to this session.

Bring the whole family along to enjoy some doing some fun math together at this virtual festival! Please note that pre-registration is required for this session.

Take a pile of nine pebbles or nine coins or nine cucumbers (you can't use zucchini) and split them into two piles. Then split each of those piles into two piles. And keep doing this until you have nine piles each with one object. What could be mathematically astounding about such a process? A scary, tremendous amount of astonishing mathematical stuff! Let's explore that mathematics together. All you need is pencil and paper and an open brain.

Local Wednesday Programming Coming soon!

This workshop is sponsored by the Math Teachers’ Circle Network of the American Institute of Mathematics and organized by:

  • Chris Bolognese (Columbus MTC and Columbus Academy)
  • Nathan Borchelt and Sloan Despeaux (Smoky Mountain MTC, North Carolina Network of MTCs, and Western Carolina University)
  • Anne Ho (Tennessee Eastern & Appalachian MTC and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Brianna Donaldson and Spencer Bowen (American Institute of Mathematics)
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