October 10, 2008
Volume 13 No. 41

In This Issue

Mathsoul Posters


NCTM: Tips on Using Real Data and Current Events


Online PD

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process


Free Online

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

Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability


Mathsoul Posters


David Brown's math motivational posters are educational display resources that inspire students and reveal to them the likely importance of math during their lifetimes.

Categories of posters include:

  • My-Story: how classroom mathematics helps students succeed
  • Face-Lifter: provoke thought and reflection about math
  • Well-Said: motivational, humorous, or insightful mathematics quotations

Mathsoul has at least one free mathematics poster available at all times, suited for students aged around 13 - 17. This poster changes periodically. Download the jpeg file, and use it for any or all of the following:

  • Printable Math Posters
  • Math Borders
  • Math Backgrounds



Since we first featured this site in our January 4, 1999, issue, Ed Pegg, Jr., has added considerable content to mathpuzzle.com. Pegg describes his site as "the puzzling weblog of recreational mathematics."

Note the Puzzler's Picks and the Archived Pages linked from the right sidebar, as well as a search option.

NCTM: Tips on Using Real Data and Current Events


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics elaborates on each of these tips for using real data and current events:

  • Use real events.
  • Use authentic data sets or data from students.
  • Encourage multiple representations of the same data.
  • Develop good consumers of math.
  • Design activities to predict into the future.
  • Don't be biased when teaching controversial topics.
  • Help students learn to find their own data for research projects.
  • Use maps to enhance understanding.

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