- Math Circle Diaries, Year 1: A Complete Curriculum
- by Anna Burago
Prime Factor Math Circle is an extracurricular math program for elementary and middle-school students. In our circle, students develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as learn the principles of logic and math reasoning. Our curriculum includes interesting and educational math topics that often lie beyond the school program.
Prime Factor Math Circle students meet weekly in a small-class setting. The circle sessions consist of an hour and a half of interactive teaching, mathematical discussion and problem-solving. The problems and discussion topics are selected to stimulate the students' creative abilities, and to develop their problem exploration skills and mathematical reasoning. Some of the class time (especially in circles with younger students) is devoted to mathematical contests and competitions.
In the 2012-2013 school year the Prime Factor operates math circles of five different levels:
In this circle, we will spend a lot of time working on the problems and getting to the math concepts and ideas through hands-on experience.
For the students who like to ask questions and search for answers. Math is used as a tool for developing their logical and problem-solving abilities.
For the students who want to know more about the world of extracurricular mathematics. The potential students should be ready to explore, learn and work on challenging problems. This class is open to Elementary School Circle graduates and to new students.
For the students of grades 6-8 who are familiar with the First Year topics.
For the students of grades 7-9 who are familiar with the Second Year topics.