September 29, 2006
Volume 11 No. 39

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NCTM: Curriculum Focal Points: From the President

ThinkQuest International 2007


Fermi Math League


NCTM: Curriculum Focal Points: From the President

NCTM continues to update the area of their site on the Curriculum Focal Points. The President of NCTM has responded to media coverage of Curriculum Focal Points, and clarified their scope. Check back often to access the information that they are making available on this topic.

View the full site here:

ThinkQuest International 2007

The Oracle Education Foundation has announced the opening of a new ThinkQuest competition, ThinkQuest International 2007. Students between the ages of 9 to 19 and their teachers are invited to take part in this learning experience.

All submitted Web sites for ThinkQuest International 2007 will be judged by professional educators. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2007.

Winners will receive prizes from the Oracle Education Foundation, including laptops and $1,000 school grants for the top ten teams in each age division; travel to the annual educational extravaganza, ThinkQuest Live, for the top three teams in each division; and digital cameras for the team that receives the Global Perspectives Award.

View previous ThinkQuest winners in the math catagory:


The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) is an organization for leaders in mathematics education. NCSM is unique in its purpose -- supporting mathematics education leadership at the school, district, college/university, state/province, and national levels. Its membership constitutes an international force, collaborating to achieve excellence in mathematics education.

Sections of the site include:

  • Conferences and Events
  • Regions
  • Publications
  • Sponsors
  • Awards
  • Nominations and Elections
  • Resources
  • Membership

Report Summary Service (RSS)

These summaries of key reports on mathematics education:

  • reduce lengthy reports to 2-4 pages
  • present reports in a standard format
  • provide an overview
  • identify and briefly describe each report's publisher
  • provide a web address for downloads or purchase

Fermi Math League
Minnesota Intermediate School District 287

A Fermi question

  • is posed with limited information given
  • demands communication
  • utilizes estimation
  • emphasizes process rather than "the" answer

Solve new such open-ended problems every week, view hints, and see outstanding solutions to previous problems.

Year 7, Session 1 will start October 17, 2006, and will run for six weeks. There are divisions for grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-7, with the grade 1-2 problems oriented to a "family math" context.

To submit solutions online, register with an entry fee of $40 per person per session. An individual, a pair or a team of four may register for this Internet-based project.

Information on the site includes:

  • Gifted Education
  • Current Problems
  • Rules & Scoring
  • Tips & Links
  • Archive of Problems
  • Sample 1-2 Problem
  • Sample 3-4 Problem
  • Sample 5-7 Problem
  • Scoring Rubrics
  • What's a Model?


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