September 22, 2006
Volume 11 No. 38

In This Issue

NCTM: Curriculum Focal Points

Enjoy Mathematics in 3D

Carl Bialik - The Numbers Guy


NCTM: Curriculum Focal Points

"Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence" was released on September 12, 2006. You can view the complete document and related resources on the Curriculum Focal Points section of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) site, arranged into these sections:

  • Introduction
    - Why Identify Curriculum Focal Points?
    - What Are Curriculum Focal Points?
    - How Should Curriculum Focal Points Be Used?
    - How Do Curriculum Focal Points Relate to Principles and Standards for School Mathematics?
  • Focal Points By Grade
  • References
  • Questions & Answers
  • News & Sessions
  • Purchase
  • Free Downloads
  • - Full Document
    - Introductory Materials
    - Focal Points by Grade
    - Appendix & References
    - Overview Powerpoint

Enjoy Mathematics in 3D

This site, created by the Department of Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Shinshu University, welcomes users to the three-dimensional mathematics world described as "the world of space figures learned with the three-dimensional dynamic geometry software."

Sections of the site include:

  • Introduction - for the first timers
  • Installation of software - links to download software and plug-ins
  • Students
    - Lesson 1: Let's make a solid
    - Lesson 2: Let's cut a solid
  • Teachers
    - Unit Plan
    - Lesson Plan
    - The file for exploring three-dimensional figures
    - The contents introducing how to explore three-dimensional figures

The site is available in English and Japanese.

Carl Bialik - The Numbers Guy

Carl Bialik, author of "The Numbers Guy," a weekly Wall Street Journal Online column on "how numbers are used and misused in the news, business, and politics," posts his past columns, including:

  • More on the Landis Controversy
  • Floyd Landis's Alcohol Defense
  • Why Executives Speak Out
  • Putting a Number on Happiness
  • Hospital Stats Warrant a Second Opinion
  • Lightning Stats Are Partly Cloudy
  • ...and others

Links to other articles written by Carl Bialik can be viewed here:


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