Math Circles: Low Tech, High Engagement - Good for Classroom Use?

During the event, Sue VanHattum will conduct a math circle and host a discussion of how math circle topics might be used in the classroom. This is a response to Dan's WCYDWT session.


Full recording: voice, text chat, whiteboard, web tour.


All Math 2.0 events are free and open to the public. Information about all events in the series is here:

Saturday, September 4th 2010 we will meet in the LearnCentral public Elluminate room at 11am Pacific - 2pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.


To join:
  • Follow this link:
  • Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
  • You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.
If this is your first Elluminate event, consider coming a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

During the event

Sue will conduct a math circle for the first part of the session. Then she'll host a discussion about how it went, how it might go if done in a class, and what topics in the curriculum might lend themselves to math circle format. The group may also want to discuss what other low-tech ideas folks have, and how we can deeply engage students through low and high tech methods.

Sue offered this session in response to Dan's WCYDWT session on August 25. Sue: "Dan's work is powerful and amazing, but it's not something I expect to to be able to get good at myself. I want us to look at what options we might have if we want to deeply engage students in other ways."

Sue's Salon

Jeremy Stuart and Roy Robles, of 3StoryFilms, have produced a short video of the Richmond Math Salon. They recorded the April session, and interviewed Sue about it in June 2010. It will be a part of Class Dismissed, a documentary.

Event Host

Sue_VanHattum.jpgSue VanHattum is the editor of the forthcoming book, Playing With Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and the Internet, which will include stories from many of your favorite math educators. She also teaches math at Contra Costa College, a community college in the Bay Area, runs a 'math salon' in her home in Richmond, California, and blogs at Math Mama Writes. She can be contacted at