AIM Math Teachers’ Circle – San Jose
Every month from September to April (except December), the AIM Math Teachers’ Circle will offer meetings for math teachers interested in exploring accessible, exciting topics in mathematics and learning about a problem-solving approach to teaching math. Meetings are also held on selected Saturday mornings. Meetings include lunch or dinner, which is complimentary.
We’ll make some beautiful conjectures – some of which might be totally false. Then we’ll celebrate the human gift of erring and come up with some more conjectures. Let’s remove the stigma of failure from the classroom by celebrating false conjectures and interesting errors. Mathematics should be physically beautiful. Engage an extra 10-20% of students by keeping things beautiful.
American Institute of Mathematics, 600 E. Brokaw Rd., San Jose, CA 95112. We are on the second floor of the Fry’s Electronics Home Office (on the other side of the building from the Fry’s store entrance). You can park anywhere in the Fry’s lot adjacent to Brokaw Rd.
Sonya Kohli, American Institute of Mathematics, skohli (at) aimath . org
Brian Conrey, American Institute of Mathematics
Tom Davis, San Jose Math Circle
Mary Fay-Zenk, Miller Middle School (retired)
Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University
Josh Zucker, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
Session leader: Karl Schaffer
Session topic: Moving with Symmetry
Artists as well as scientists must perceive, analyze, and utilize symmetries in space and time. Symmetry may be found in dance in the way positions of the ensemble of dancers repeat in time, as with a variety of folk dances, but also in the relationships between the bodies of individual dancers in space at any given time. These spatial relationships may utilize symmetry or even asymmetry to create movement sequences which express an enormous range of ideas, stories, or images. We will practice differentiating and performing movements with several types of symmetry, will explore how these symmetries compose in pairs, and use this to construct symmetry group tables and to better understand frieze and wallpaper patterns. This leads back to better understanding of how these symmetries appear within dance composition, but also allows us to examine connections with cross-cultural uses of pattern and symmetry in visual arts, design, and language arts.
Karl Schaffer Bio:
Professional dancer and choreographer Karl Schaffer holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in graph theory, and has taught mathematics at De Anza College since 1989. He has co-directed the Santa Cruz-based dance company Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble for 30 years. Operating under the auspices of MoveSpeakSpin, the company has performed its entertaining and highly physical works internationally, with special focus on dances integrating mathematics and movement. Schaffer and co-director Stern are on the Kennedy Center’s Teaching Artist Roster, and travel frequently sharing their math and dance integration methods in the classroom. Schaffer’s recent concerts include The Daughters of Hypatia, on women mathematicians, which appeared recently at Montalvo Arts Center; Mosaic, on issues of culture, conflict, peace and justice in Palestine and Israel; and Choreocopia, a festival of food, song and dance. Schaffer writes frequently on mathematics and dance, and his writing appeared in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012.
Apply now for the BATMath Immersion Workshop, a free residential summer program for math teachers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area!
The workshop takes place July 8-12, 2019, at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) in San Jose. All workshop participants receive full funding for meals and lodging at a nearby hotel during the workshop.
Applicants are chosen based on their degree of interest in becoming engaged in a community of problem solvers and bringing the culture of problem solving to their classrooms. We encourage all interested teachers to apply, regardless of their mathematical background.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will remain open until all places are filled, or until June 7, 2019.
For more information or to apply, please visit https://batmath.org/calendar/workshop/.
American Institute of Mathematics
600 E Brokaw Rd, San Jose, CA 95112