Math Circles of Chicago sessions are led by classroom teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community members with a passion for math.

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!

New Program for Fall 2020: Math Circles in a Box (MC2iaB) To date (see the text to the right) MC2 has operated as a ‘site’ model, with children from many schools convening at a site on a bi-weekly basis. This fall we are seeking 10 middle school teachers to operate weekly MC2 sessions with their own children in their local after school program. MC2 will provide lesson plans, coaching, and workshop support. Interested? Complete this form.

High school and undergraduate volunteers: With all of our programs online in the fall of 2020, we have an even greater need for volunteers. Undergraduate students and high schoolers should complete this form if they are interested in helping out!

MC2 Teaching

MC2 has five program levels and eight 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-5/6, our program for 5th and 6th graders, is offered at all eight sites, and teachers involved with Haynes communicate, share ideas, and revise plans all of the time!

In the fall of 2020 our sessions will be held online. For our middle school programs we expect to have three teachers in each classroom, to facilitate smaller breakout rooms that can maximize student participation.

MC2 Teacher Workshops

MC2 has a menu of teacher workshops 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.

Upcoming workshops

9/27 1PM What is a Math Circle?

9/30 7PM Breakout Room Basics

10/18 1PM MC2 Teaching Basics