Fifteen K12 math teachers attended the first Atlanta Math Teachers Circle Summer Workshop on July 1, 2019, at Georgia Tech School of Mathematics. The workshop, a day-long outreach event organized by SoM Assistant Professor Lutz Warnke, aimed to give participants tools to enhance their teaching, as well as provide networking opportunities. Participants attended four 75-minute lectures given by professors from Georgia Tech, Emory, and GSU, as well as hands-on problem sessions and unstructured networking time.
The organizer Lutz Warnke also worked with the local "Intown Atlanta Math Teachers' Cirlce", an organization run by faculty at Emory, Georgia Tech, and GSU. This was the first time a Math Teacher's Circle event was held at Georgia Tech.
The goal of the event was to engage and train K12 math teachers in an effort to increase enthusiasm about the art of mathematical problem solviing, in a way that the teachers could bring back to their classrooms and, hopefully, spread the enthusiasm around. Many of the problems were suitable for teaching at schools in class, including some problems which would challenge even the brightest students.
The four 75-minute talks were:
- Unusual Distances, Josephine Yu, Georgia Tech
- Finding Fake Coins and Other Weighing Problems, Lutz Warnke, Georgia Tech
- The Mathematics of Bicycle Tracks, BHree Ettinger, Emory
- Mathematics of Games, Olga Glebova, Georgia State University
Nearby school districts and systems that were represented include Atalanta Public Schools, Decatur City School District, Dekalb County, and Fulton County, with several teachers representing schools which historically serve students from under-represented and low-income communities, including Cedar Grove Middle School, Cross Keys High School, abd Miller Grove High School.
Funding was provided by SoM and Emory.
There are plans to offer the workshop annually.