Triangle Math Teachers' Circle


What We Do:

The Triangle Math Teachers’ Circle welcomes anybody interested in the teaching profession, at any level, with an interest in learning and practicing the pedagogical approaches of math circles aimed at the development of creative problem-solving skills through interactive and fun activities.

Math Teachers’ Circles are communities focused on the enjoyment of mathematical problem solving. Meetings are lively, interactive, and often “fun-strating”: challenging, but in a highly rewarding way! We have free monthly meetings where we play with mathematics and fall in love with math again

Our Upcoming Meetings

Building Mathematicians: Escape Rooms and More


In Person: Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SAS hall on the NCSU campus (map below). Register here:

Led by: Julie Barnes, from Western Carolina University, will lead an escape room activity. Robin Anderson, from North Carolina State University, will facilitate an activity with Building a Thinking Classroom.

Schedule: 9-9:30: Registration
9:30-11:30: Moving beyond passive mathematics learning
11:30-1: Lunch
1-3: Escape from the Math Building!

Robin’s workshop:
Engagement through Thinking: Moving Beyond Passive Mathematics Learning
Through active participation attendees will learn how to set up, launch, and facilitate a classroom where 100% of students are actively thinking about mathematics. No more sitting and passively taking notes, this session will provide participants time to engage in mathematics, learn strategies to increase engagement and allow students to become owners of their mathematical ideas. This session will have attendees out of their seats, doing mathematics, and experiencing the philosophy themselves.

Julie’s workshop:
Escape from the Math Building
Join us for an event that is something like an escape room. We will work in teams to solve a variety of puzzles, open physical locks, access secret electronic files, and eventually “escape”. Puzzles will be at a general level that could be enjoyed by any math / logic enthusiast. For the best experience, you may want to bring a laptop computer or tablet. We will conclude the event with a brief discussion on how to create events like these for your students.

Lunch: Included!

Professional Development Certificate: Included!

To register:

Painting mathematics

In Person: Week of November 21, in a location in Durham (if you have any ideas, please let us know!)

Led by: Two of our members, Pascalle and Ronda. We will be painting and exploring mathematics in a relaxing activity before the holidays.

Cost: Free!

To register: Check back soon!

Our Supporters:

The initiative is hosted by the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University and is supported by a grant from the American Institute of Mathematics. The Teachers’ circle collaborates with the Chapel Hill Math Circle for K-12 students and is a member organization of the Math Teachers’ Circle Network and the North Carolina Network of Math Teachers’ Circles.

How do I get involved?

  1. Join our mailing list here.
    Joining the mailing list is the best way to stay in touch with the Triangle Math Teachers’ Circle.
  2. Sign up for a workshop (or two, or three!)
    We host monthly workshops with fun activities aimed at developing teachers’ problem solving skills. You can register for our next meeting here.
  3. Connect with us online!
    You can follow us on Facebook, or our blog on this page, to see regular updates about what we’re doing.
  4. Email us with any questions!
    You can contact the organizers of the group on our About page.

Triangle Math Teachers’ Circle logo: thanks to Professor Mark McCombs

For information on both past and upcoming workshops, you can click here to view our schedule, and you can find photos and materials from past workshops here.

Covid Safety and Guidelines

Math Teachers! In scheduling our fall meetings we are excited to experience the joy of discovering mathematics together this year! Please know that we will follow all state and national guidelines for social distancing. We will have some meetings online and some meetings outside as the evolving situation warrants. Know that we have your health in mind!

Featured Article:

How Playing with Math Helps Teachers Empathize with Students by Katrina Schwartz