Student Math Circles: Building collaborative places of mathematical inquiry across grades


  • Chris Bolognese Columbus Academy
  • Sonam Shahani Columbus Academy


In this article, the authors provide an alternative to traditional math clubs through the formation and facilitation of a student math circle (SMC).  Student math circles are a community of students across different grades who engage in open-ended low floor, high ceiling tasks.  The authors provide history and motivation for SMCs as well as a few sample problems that have been used.  Additionally, benefits of an SMC model are provided.


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How to Cite

Bolognese, C., & Shahani, S. (2017). Student Math Circles: Building collaborative places of mathematical inquiry across grades. Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, 75(1). Retrieved from