Once a month on Friday nights, you can usually find me at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club (MMC) with my math-fabulous friend, Carrie. What I love about going to MMC:
1) Socializing with math people.
At MMC, I never know who I am going to meet or visit with. On many occasions, I have visited and spent time with my former high school mathematics teacher, Shirley Koelling. I’ve also had the chance to get dissertation advice from Zalman Usiskin during the banquet dinner. I have met numerous outstanding middle school math teachers, high school math teachers, math coaches, math facilitators, math educators, and professors. WOW. In fact, just last night, I sat with Kathy Lopez, who teaches preservice teachers at Northern University and is a math facilitator for grades K – 12. I learned about her interesting journey from the cooperate/engineering world to education. I honestly love the math-tas-tic community I get at MCC.
2) Laughing until your hurts.
I will admit, from the outsiders (non-mathematics lovers) you will get slight grief for attending MMC on a Friday night. However, I never laugh like I do on Fridays at MMC. Although much of the laughing comes from Carrie and I making jokes, sometimes the speakers are just amazing. Last night, Adam Poetzel, a professor from the College of Education at University of Illinois, gave the talk “When are we going to use this in the (real) world?” I have not laughed this hard in such a long time. He had so many gems: from making fun of us and the “real” situations we supposedly pose to our students to anecdotal fun of how to be mathematics ambassadors for our students.
I always learn something at MMC. For example, you can see Adam’s presentation. This is the not-nearly-as-funny and stripped of his hilarious videos, however helpful and useful, PowerPoint.
And, in between all of the laughing that hurt my sides, I learned about an AWESOME math blog!
Check it out: http://blog.mrmeyer.com (I’m in love with the videos on this one!)
4) Mathematical and historical lineage.
Many people, even people who attend MMC, do not know the historical prestige that comes with belonging to this club. The NationalCouncil of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) was BORN from MMC. Admittedly, although NCTM’s origins are rooted at MMC, it did occur when MMC was the Men’s Mathematics Club, rather than the Metropolitan Mathematics Club. Nonetheless,
as a history of mathematics and mathematics education lover, I adore my lineage and connection to MMC.
Basically, if you are in the Chicago-land area and love math, then you should find your way to an MMC meeting!