Bright, brave, open minds: Open online course, Part I

Full recording: voice, text chat, slides.


Join parents, teachers, and researchers interested in math circles for two live, highly interactive online events that are also a part of the open online course Bright, Brave, Open Minds: A Problem Solving Kaleidoscope. In Part I, Julia Brodsky will give a brief introduction to the Art of Inquiry project, its math circles, and the Open Minds book. In Part II, Julia Brodsky will discuss preliminary summaries from the Open Minds course. During both events, course participants and guests from the Math Future network will stir the discussions with questions, answers, and suggestions. The goal is to inspire, to share know-how, and to exchange resources about problem-solving.

You can read the current draft of the book's introduction here: Math circle philosophy and teaching suggestions.


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How to join

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  • Wednesday, December 4 we will meet online at 8:00 pm EST time. WorldClock for your time zone.
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Recording and questions

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About Open Minds course

  • Why: Preserve children’s divergent thinking. Develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Contribute to making a Creative Commons book about young problem solving.
  • How: Provide a variety of insight problems to young children. Introduce complex, open-ended, and ill-defined problems as a way to teach problem solving skills. Recognize the feeling of being stuck as a necessary step in problem solving. Let children face deep, multi-dimensional problems. Meet other adventurous parents and educators. Contribute to research in math and problem-solving education.

Event Host

JuliaBrodskyBW.jpgJulia Brodsky writes:

My 6 year old daughter was interested in math, so I began looking for math circles for her, and found none in our area. I wrote to National Association of Math Circles and asked them whether they have any materials for young children. Their reply was: “No, but if you develop something, please share with us!” That’s how it all started.

My teaching experience includes homeschooling two of my kids, raising a special needs child, several years of private and public school teaching experience, as well as teaching college students and NASA astronauts. But I love teaching young kids the best!