How To Get Started Running a Math Club

Getting Started

I inherited my first group: background which in many ways made things easier. (The second time around at the Middle School level I did start from the ground up.)  If you're starting from scratch there are actually a few great places with some checklists.  

  1. One of our local high schools has this manual: http://www.wastudentmath.org/content/clubs/plan/StarterPackComprehensive.pdf
  2. Math Circle in a box (one of the first documents I read):  http://www.mathcircles.org/GettingStartedForNewOrganizers_WhatIsAMathCircle_CircleInABox   
  3. Natural math has a really cool quiz to help clarify what your goals are: http://naturalmath.com/math-circles-1001-leaders-course/
In my mind, these are the actually the easy parts. Things become harder when you actually start meeting and going out to lead a group and try planning out activities. That's the area I mostly focus on in this blog.

Here's a few pointers into some of my past writing:
  1. Resource Page: This is where I collect other sites I've found useful: Resources. At the bottom of the page I've embedded links to my activity maps for the year (which are *mostly* up to date)
  2. My mega posts on what I learned each year. I'm a big fan of improvement through reflection. Each year I think I've found new ideas and changed parts of my overall approach.

3. Looking back through the blog most of the posts with a date in the title reflect a log of what I did at that session and how it went. I try to focus on both mechanics. I.e. this took 20 minutes, evaluation of how well the activities went and thoughts on what I could personally improve on.

Most importantly don't be afraid to start and experiment.


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