Hey, I’m Max. I work and blog at the Math Forum at Drexel University. My title is “Professional Collaboration Facilitator.” So what do I actually do?

- I visit schools and teachers, observe, coach, co-teach and model lessons, mostly about teaching problem-solving skills, and teaching content through problem-solving.
- I write Math Forum Problem of the Week support materials, which means getting to solve lots of interesting math problems lots of different ways, and writing activities, questions, and resources to help teachers and students who are working on the problems.
- I teach online courses on topics like differentiating instruction through solving rich problems, and moving students’ from arithmetic to algebraic thinking.
- I train college students to be in-person math mentors to local middle school students, and to other college students. I train pre-service teachers to be online math mentors to students solving Math Forum Problems of the Week.

I like thinking about how people learn to problem solve, about how to teach through problem-solving and the focus of learning to learn, and I like math.

Hi Max,

I’m very intersted in videos about making conjectures (elemntary school) but can;t access th Deep Blue links Is ther another way I can vie them? Thanks.

I think you need Quicktime, which you can download from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/. Or is the trouble getting in to the Deep Blue area in the Michigan library?

please excuse typos..

Loved the article on Peanut Butter and Jelly, a neat way to look at an old favorite elementary writing experience! I also am so grateful for the challenges, explanation and thoughtfulness that goes into the The Math Forum at Drexel, i had the pleasure of working with a fourth grader who was very mathematically gifted and we had so much fun solving Math Forum problems together!

Best and Thanks!

Judi

why is math important in my life ??

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Hi Max:

i’ve got a math/physics problem or riddle for you. the triple point of water is known to be 273.16 . it was thought to be an arbitrary number set relative to an ‘absolute’ zero. but what they forgot was that 100.5 units of energy states became folded into those 100 units of kelvin. thus, while they didn’t know it then, they were setting the triple-point relative to the more natural statistical base described by the formula:

e^1.(100.5+1/100.5)=273.16 K !

the expanded discussion can be found at the website above, or a short 2min vid linked here gives a more creative summary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x33sfIUI-4Y&feature=youtu.be

steve

why is math important in the world why do we need

Hi Cierra,

Why do you think math is important? Have there been times (outside of school) when you’ve used numbers or shapes or patterns to figure something out?

Another think to think about is who needs math. One group that uses math a lot is medical scientists — whether they’re figuring out which medicine works best, or thinking about how molecules like DNA tie themselves in knots!

Also, some things people do just because they’re interesting, like solving Sudoku puzzles, reading poems, or skateboarding. Math can be one of those interesting things!

Thanks,

Max