March 28, 2008
Volume 13 No. 13
 

In This Issue

Online Professional Development Courses

The Futures Channel

Devlin's Angle: Lockhart's Lament

Math Forum Discussions

 

Free Online
Opportunities

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:
tPoWs

For students in grades 9-10:
the MathMentor

 

Online Professional Development Courses

http://mathforum.org/pd/

New online courses moderated by professional staff of the Math Forum @ Drexel include:

Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
(FunPoW Focus) led by Claire Mead
April 24 - June 4
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, April 18
read more: http://mathforum.org/pd/funpow/
 
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
(PreAlgPoW Focus) led by Suzanne Alejandre
May 1 - June 11
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, April 25
read more: http://mathforum.org/pd/prealgpow/
 
Problem Solving Strategies
led by Stephen Weimar
June 21 - July 3
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, June 13
read more: http://mathforum.org/pd/problemsolving/
 
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
led by Ellen Clay
July 12 - July 24
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Thursday, July 3
read more: http://mathforum.org/pd/movingstudents/

All courses will take place online using Blackboard Vista (formerly WebCT) or Blackboard. The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access.

Current prices for each course start at $140. All individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 15 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that can be received from the Drexel University School of Education for a fee of $15 to cover administrative costs.

For a limited time, we are also offering participants a discounted rate for a Class Membership in the Problems of the Week.


The Futures Channel

http://www.thefutureschannel.com/

The Futures Channel offers teachers a variety of free online movie clips and related lesson plans about real-world applications of mathematics and science.

Resources are organized:

    Real World Movies

  • Animals
  • Art & Music
  • Commerce
  • Design
  • Environment
  • Innovation
  • Living & Working in Space
  • Science & Tech

    Teaching & Learning

  • Algebra in the Real World
  • Hands-On Math
  • Jaime Escalante
  • Kay Toliver
  • Problem Solving
  • Science & Technology


Devlin's Angle: Lockhart's Lament

http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_03_08.html

Keith Devlin writes in his March, 2008, column:

"This month's column is devoted to an article called A Mathematician's Lament, written by Paul Lockhart in 2002. Paul is a mathematics teacher at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York. His article has been circulating through parts of the mathematics and math ed communities ever since, but he never published it. I came across it by accident a few months ago, and decided at once I wanted to give it wider exposure. I contacted Paul, and he agreed to have me publish his 'lament' on MAA Online. It is, quite frankly, one of the best critiques of current K-12 mathematics education I have ever seen. Written by a first-class research mathematician who elected to devote his teaching career to K-12 education."


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