Problems as Springboards, not Hurdles

People enjoy sports for overcoming physical limitations. A long jump or a high vault feels like flying. Likewise, mathematics overcomes limitations of the mind. Problems are springboards and vaulting poles that help us soar. Join us in this workshop to go together beyond the limits in problem-solving, problem-posing, and modeling.

Informacje o prowadzących
Maria Droujkova
Focuses her research and development efforts on learning communities, informal education, online education, advanced mathematics for young children, and game design. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from NCSU, and M.S. in Mathematics from Tulane. Maria is the founder of Natural Math, an educational design, consulting, and publishing organization started in 1996. Her approach to teaching focuses on the easy complexity (such as calculus for five-year-olds), openness, and kindness. She co-authored Moebius Noodles and Avoid Hard Work, popular books with innovative math activities for parents, teachers, and math circle leaders.

Tatiana Shubin
Is a Professor Emeritus of the San Jose State University (SJSU). She is originally from Ukraine. When she was ten, her family moved to Almaty in Kazakhstan. She got her mathematics undergraduate and master’s degrees in USSR, and then emigrated to the US in 1978. She completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983, and joined the SJSU faculty in 1985.
In 1998 Shubin founded the San José Math Circle, one of the first three math circles in the US. She co-founded the first math teachers' circle in 2006, and is a leader of the Math Teachers’ Circle Network that developed out of this circle. She was a co-founder of the Navajo Nation Math Circles project in 2012, and is a co-founder and a director of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles.