Navajo Math Circles – Special Bond Between Navajo Culture and Mathematics

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 14th, 2017 Last Updated on: November 14th, 2017

Originally airing in 2016, “Navajo Math Circles” follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called math circles, the students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz., to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction.

Navajo Math Circles (trailer) from Zala Films on Vimeo.

The documentary reveals the challenges in education on the Navajo Nation and looks at a new approach for improving the mathematical skills of students. The “Navajo Math Circles” project summons applications of math in Native culture to provide tools for increasing math literacy, and highlights the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty and mathematics. The film shows how math circles help raise the hopes of parents, students and teachers for a brighter future.

The show is currently airing during the month of November on PBS. Check your local listings for showtimes.

For more information, and to watch online, please visit http://www.pbs.org/program/navajo-math-circles/

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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