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Reviews & Upcoming Screenings of Navajo Math Circles

Navajo Math Circles screens at the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Ruše on Friday, August 24, at 8:30 p.m. Duane Yazzie, a Navajo-Hopi teacher featured in the film, and Asali Echols, the film's editor, will be present at the screening. Held in the city of Ruše, Slovenia (10 miles west of Maribor), the festival is one of the most influential and important human rights festivals in the world. For more information, see the festival program.

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Michael Begay attended several math circle programs at his high school before attending the Math Camp at Diné College.
Photo by George Csicsery (provided by Vision Maker Media)

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results. Navajo Math Circles, a one-hour film, documents this process over a two year period. Read More...

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