National Association of Math Circles Wiki
Sustaining a Math Circle

Having given thought to the issues related to the birth of a new math circle, the time has come to consider its nurture and development. One of the foremost challenges that an organizer faces during the course of a year is to reach and maintain a comfortable size. Some drop-off in attendance during the first few weeks is to be expected, but ideally the number of students will not fluctuate much beyond that. The organizer will also address other matters as the year progresses, such as how to propel especially motivated participants further along in mathematics, or how to handle the weekly maintenance of the circle most efficiently. However, the latter topics hinge upon sustaining the level of interest among students that brought them to the circle in the first place, so we begin with this issue.

  •   Retaining Students
  •   The Fountain of Youth
  •   MyMathCircle
  •   Paperwork
  •   How Am I Doing?
  •   Paging All Parents
  •   Going the Distance