August 17, 2007
Volume 12 No. 33

In This Issue

Math Forum Problems of the Week

Graduate Programs in Mathematics Learning and Teaching

Math Forum Resources for Family Nights


Free Online

For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For all students:

For students in grades 9-10:
the MathMentor


Math Forum Problems of the Week

Our new year of the PoWs begins on Monday, August 20, with problems in Pre-Algebra and Geometry. The Math Fundamentals and Algebra PoWs start on Monday, August 27.

Also starting Monday, August 20, Problem of the Week members with class, school, or district memberships will be able to create individual accounts for their students. In addition to the security this provides, it also means that students will be able to receive PoW messages and mentor feedback through web pages instead of via email. That's right - no email required! We're really excited about this upgrade, as we know that email access in schools isn't always convenient or even possible.

Our goal with the Problems of the Week still is to engage students in non-routine, constructed-response mathematics investigations that integrate writing with problem solving in the math classroom. In addition to the Current PoWs and the Problems of the Week Library, our Write Math with the Math Forum program aligns PoWs with national and state standards, as well as widely-used textbooks.

An individual teacher membership gives access to the Current PoWs:

  • Math Fundamentals
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry

A Class, School, or District membership is required to access the Problems of the Week Library and/or Write Math with the Math Forum and also includes access to the Current PoWs.

The Problem of the Week effort is funded in part by Drexel University, and by grants and donations brought in by our small, dedicated staff. A critical portion of the funding must come from the broad community of users who benefit. We invite you to become a member.

Trial Class Accounts are available that provide 21 days of free access to the four Current Problems and to five problems in the Problems of the Week Library.

Graduate Programs in Mathematics Learning and Teaching

The Math Forum and Drexel University School of Education are pleased to announce an online master's degree program in Mathematics Learning and Teaching. The program capitalizes on the more than ten years of experience that the Math Forum has in bringing together tens of thousands of students, teachers, educators, and mathematics enthusiasts to do mathematics, solve problems, and learn from each other. Key aspects of the program include:

  • A focus on a problem-based, student-centered, and technology-enhanced instructional program and the associated challenges of implementing such a program
  • Engaging in professional practices concerning mathematics, instructional design, and the study of student learning
  • Seamless integration of teacher education and classroom implementation
  • Developing relationships and communities focused on improving mathematics learning and teaching

Math Forum Resources for Family Nights

Are you looking for mathematical activities to give parents and families to use at home with their children? This page lists resources that are readily available at the Math Forum.


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