It isn’t problem solving if you know what to do.

Teachers—math circles just for you!

The Chicago Math Teachers’ Circle is an opportunity for school math teachers (at any grade level) to solve interesting problems together—many MC2 teachers found us through CMTC! Sponsored by Loyola University and DePaul University, CMTC sessions are held on Loyola’s campus and now a new 2nd site at the Hyde Park Art Center. Register to attend sessions through the link here, and learn more below.

Teach for MC2!

If you’d like to lead MC2 sessions, or start out by volunteering, let us know! You can also participate in our classroom observations or take one of our teaching workshops. MC2 has doubled the number of students in serves over the last three years, and we expect to double again over the next three, so you are needed! Prospective math circle teachers and volunteers click here!

The Chicago Math Teachers Circle is part of the national Math Teachers’ Circle Network.

Our main focus is on providing teachers with the opportunity to solve interesting math problems with peers. Teachers also get to stand in their students’ shoes, gaining insight into teaching problem solving that can be transferred into their own classrooms. Questions? write

MC2 Teaching

MC2 has five program levels and seven locations, so there are many opportunities to participate. Each session has a ‘lead teacher,’ who is paid. We also are looking for adults or high schoolers who have participated in math circles before to support our leads. We provide the lesson plans, which are continuously updated by the team of teachers participating in sessions–for example, Haynes, our program for 5th and 6th graders, is offered at all seven sites, and teachers involved with Haynes communicate, share ideas, and revise plans all of the time!

CMTC: Locations and Meeting Dates

In 2018-2019 the Chicago Math Teacher’s Circle will meet at two locations:

  • Loyola University, 1032 W. Sheridan: October 2nd, November 13th, February 5th, March 12th, and April 2nd
  • Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell: October 4th, November 8th, February 7th, March 14th, and April 4th

Meeting Archive

MC2 Teacher Workshops

Over the last three years we have developed a set of teacher workshops–What is a Math Circle?; Building Community in a Math Circle; Teaching Moves for Math Circles–that we offer on a rotating basis. Each quarter we also run a coach-led observation of a math circle at one of our sites, which includes a debrief with the observed MC2 lead teacher. We will regularly update this page with our quarterly workshop schedule; when you complete our teacher interest form and you will be placed on the workshop mailing list.