MTCs as Joyful and Equitable Spaces
A commitment to ourselves, our students, and each other
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Dear Math Teachers’ Circle Network,
In reflecting on priorities for the upcoming school year, my thoughts are drawn again and again to this summer’s MTC Training Workshop sponsored and hosted by the MAA, which was a truly remarkable experience. Teams of teachers and professors from all over the nation spent a week thinking deeply about how to develop inclusive MTCs that support teachers who work primarily with students traditionally underrepresented in mathematics. I look forward to continuing to work with these teams and to deepening the MTC Network’s commitment to joyful and equitable spaces for learning and doing mathematics. This year, we will also continue to prioritize supporting the development of statewide and regional MTC Networks. In addition, we plan to focus on revamping our Web resources for a more user-friendly experience; stay tuned!
In this issue, we are thrilled to feature an interview with Dave Honda of the San Diego MTC, who won the Best Textile, Sculpture, or Other Medium category of the Bridges Art Exhibition at January’s Joint Mathematics Meetings. (Congratulations, Dave!) We hope you’ll take a few minutes to further explore Dave’s beautiful artwork at his website, http://snaporigami.weebly.com/. For more geometric fun, check out Sayonita Ghosh Hajra’s engaging MTC session on Platonic solids, which uses a Magic 8-Ball as a hook (“I See Platonic Solids in Your Future”). Nathan Borchelt shares another delightful MTC session, this one inspired by a serendipitous Christmas gift (“Good Things Come in Unexpected Packages”). And in a timely piece for November’s elections, Lynne M. Pachnowski and Linda Marie Saliga give us a nicely designed inquiry-oriented approach to discovering and exploring a variety of preferential voting systems (“We the People: Can Voting Ever Really Be ‘Fair’?”).
Happy problem solving!
Brianna Donaldson, Director of Special Projects
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 MTCircular.