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Homeschooling High School: Yes You Can!

“Homeschooling is okay for young kids, but high school is too important to miss.” “My kids need to learn how to go to school in order to be successful in college.” “How does anyone get into a good college without a high school diploma?” “I don’t know how to teach my child [algebra/calculus/physics/etc], so s/he needs to go to high…

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Pushin’ Too Hard? (Problem Solving 4 and 5)

(March 30 and April 6, 2017) I’ve had the song “Pushin’ Too Hard” in my head for the past two weeks. Math Circle is to blame. (Or to credit – I like that song!) The students seem to want to really challenge themselves. Especially since they’ve been acknowledging their feelings about problems and said (several weeks ago) that the Balance…

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PROBLEM SOLVING #3: Domains, Ranges, Sheep, and Apples

(March 23, 2017) “What’s that,” asked L, the first student to arrive for math circle. It was a balance scale. I showed him how to calibrate it, then, as the others trickled in, showed everyone how to use it to weigh things. Once our group was assembled, people wanted to get right to work on function machines. A went first,…

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PROBLEM SOLVING #2: Progress on the Ogre Problem

(March 9, 2017) “The math circle teacher is here!” announced S to the other students who were playing outside, as I walked onto the Talking Stick grounds. I was early, but before I even had my bag open and the whiteboards set up in the classroom, everyone was sitting on the floor waiting to start. So we started. Immediately everyone…

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PROBLEM SOLVING #1: A New Group of Students

March 2, 2017 As I prepare for today’s math circle, I realize that I am in a privileged position of utmost responsibility: only one person in this group of six has ever been to a math circle before. For years, the majority of students in our circles have participated for years. I hope I am up to the task. FUNCTION…

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UPDATE: Open House: Wednesday, April 19th

Talking Stick is hosting an open house on Wednesday, April 19th, from 10am-12pm (this Open House was originally scheduled for March 15; it was rescheduled due to snow). Stop by to talk to staff and participants about our programs for homeschoolers ages 4-17. We will be hosting the entire open house at our Garden Classroom. We have several families attending with…

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FERMAT 3 and 4: Proofs Proofs and Proofs

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NUMBER IN THE WORLD? The students came up with a list that includes just about everything that mathematicians say is important. (Non-mathematicians have a completely different list, though!) What would a mathematician say is the most important type of number in the world? This was tougher. Lots of conjectures. I finally used some leading questions…

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Fermat 1 and 2: From Trial and Error into Proof

(October 31 and November 7, 2016) “What are the greatest human accomplishments in history?” I asked at session one of our teen math circle. The students generated a list on the board. “What made them great accomplishments?” I asked. The students gave reasons for the greatness of each accomplishment listed. We did the same for a narrower version of the…

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Teenagers!

There’s been a rare sighting of the elusive homeschooling teenager in their natural habitat! So many homeschooled youth choose the road more traveled: high school. Many cite fear of not being able to get into college with a homeschooling diploma that Mom created on Photoshop. Some are looking for academics that their parents simply cannot provide, some are seeking out…

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Rational Tangles Weeks 3 and 4

WEEK THREE Voting on How to Proceed with Conjectures: R wasn’t here last week, so the students did a brief recap for her of what we did last time, which was testing their conjectures for which mathematical operation the move “Rotate” represented. “I’ve been thinking about the rotate thing, and maybe it’s multiple operations, not just one thing,” M mused….

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