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Bits and Pieces: A Math Circle

Come join an ongoing "math circle": a weekly math enrichment class that explores and extends familiar math concepts. We will explore number theory ideas like binary ("bits") and geometry puzzles involving tiles ("pieces").
Justin Lanier, Ph.D.
7 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

The main learning goals are:
* reinforcing arithmetic skills and calculating flexibly
* making connections between arithmetic and geometry
* building mathematical habits of mind, including:
     - spotting and generalizing mathematical patterns
     - modeling problems using multiple representations
     - explaining mathematical thinking
* building confidence with math and passion for it

On this last point, let me make a comparison with language arts. Math classes are often way more focused on the "grammar" of math than on the "creative writing" of math. Math students learn how to "do" things correctly, but don't have a chance to have something to say of their own. One of the goals of this math circle will be for learners to have math ideas and objects and problems that are their very own.
I taught K-12 math for ten years, in both classroom and enrichment settings. Then over the past five years, I've completed my PhD in math, where my research is in geometry and topology. I have helped to run in-person math circles in NYC, New Jersey, and Atlanta. Encouraging mathematical curiosity and helping people to have positive math experiences are my passions.
Some extension problems will be offered at the end of class as takeaways. These will also be posted in the Classroom after class.
Learners will need paper and something to write with on a regular basis. For some class sessions there will be handouts that will need to be printed before class meets.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Justin Lanier, Ph.D.Sharing positive and creative math experiences
7 total reviews
8 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I teach math classes on Outschool. My goal is to share positive and creative math experiences with students. My classes are a great fit for students who already love math and who want more; for students who have had negative experiences with... 
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