September 1, 2006
Volume 11 No. 35

In This Issue

FunPoW: Opportunity for Free Mentoring

Flash Activities by Quincy Brown

MSRI - Math Circles


FunPoW: Opportunity for Free Mentoring

Math educators from Indiana University, Drexel University, Northwest Missouri State University, and Eastern Kentucky University will be mentoring for the next Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week. Please encourage students to submit their solutions to "Shop 'Til You Drop," September 4-17, then look for feedback from these mentors, and revise.

Free mentoring will also be provided for the FunPoW after that -- from September 18 through October 1 -- by a group of pre-service teachers from Indiana University.

If your students receive replies from a mentor, please encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will benefit as well!

How to Use Free Mentoring
Help your students make the most of the mentoring experience.

Trial Class Account
Free 21 day access to Current Problems of the Week and the Active Problem Library.

Flash Activities by Quincy Brown

Quincy Brown, a Post Baccalaureate PhD candidate in Computer Science at Drexel University, shares these Flash Activities that she developed with Annie Fetter, Math Forum staffer, and tested in a second grade classroom in Philadelphia.

The five levels of Number Grid activities display a section of a matrix containing a set of of consecutive whole numbers. A move from one number to the next within a row is a change of one; a move from one number to the next within a column is a change of ten.

The three levels of Number Triangle activities are an electronic version of flash cards emphasizing fact families. An addition/subtraction Number Triangle has two addends and a sum; a multiplication/division Number Triangle has two factors and a product. As children practice their basic facts, they are also learning more about inverse relationships.

MSRI - Math Circles

The Math Circles community has four vital components: teachers in schools, students, school administrators, and professional mathematicians. Working together, they learn from each other and collectively raise the mathematical consciousness of society.

Are you interested in starting a math circle? View the samples from the following communities supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI):

  • Berkeley Math Circle (BMC)
  • San Francisco Math Circle (SFMC)
  • Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (BAMO)

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