Navajo Math Circles film to be screened at Circle Cinema

TU to host Navajo Math Circles film at Circle Cinema

The University of Tulsa Department of Mathematics is partnering with Tulsa Teachers’ Math Circle and Tulsa Girls’ Math Circle to host a screening of the film Navajo Math Circles on Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. at Circle Cinema, 12 South Lewis Avenue, Tulsa. The film will be followed by a Q&A session led by Tatiana Shubin, cofounder and codirector of the Navajo Nation Math Circles project.

Navajo Math CirclesNavajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Students stay after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, to study with the math circle method. The approach emphasizes student-centered learning by encouraging students to explore math for their own joy and satisfaction. Math circles combine significant content with a setting that encourages discovery and excitement about math through problem solving and interactive exploration. The film shows how math circles help raise the hopes of parents, students and teachers for a brighter future.

Shubin is a math professor at San Jose State University where she hosts the San Jose Math Circle. She participated in math circles in the former Soviet Union as a student and was instrumental in establishing the San Jose Math Circle and the U.S. Math Circle movement.

The TU Department of Mathematics established Oklahoma’s first TMTC and TGMC in 2013. The TMTC hosts monthly meetings for local math teachers. The TGMC hosts weekly meetings for local girls in grades 6-8.

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