We are a professional organization of mathematicians, educators, and mathematics educators who meet regularly to engage in mathematical problem-solving activities in order to further our own math knowledge as well as to develop our skills in anticipating students’ struggles, so that we might better mitigate and solve systemic problems in mathematics education.
MaTCH sessions convene monthly eight times during the school year from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We begin each session spending approximately two hours working on challenging mathematics tasks and investigations. These mathematical experiences begin with concrete experiences which allow participants to use their prior knowledge and varied experiences access into the tasks. The mathematics then “ramps up” to more complex levels, sometimes connecting to problems that are as yet unsolved! Teachers are encouraged to ask their own questions as they work through the tasks, which often guide the direction of the investigation. We later engage in professional discussions and collaborative activities focused on the teaching of mathematics related to the Common Core State Standards of Mathematical Practices. Teachers gain a deeper understanding of these mathematical processes through the direct experience of doing mathematics, solving problems, and engaging in professional discourse. Each session involves the investigation of a new and interesting mathematics topic–there is never a dull moment!
Teachers devise a method for estimating the number of bees in a hive.