February 22, 2008
Volume 13 No. 8

In This Issue

Math Blogs

The Home of Mathematical

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards


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 Blogs


The editors at Blogged.com recently rated mathematics blogs based on criteria such as frequency of updates, relevance of content, and writing style. The top 10 include:

  • Let's Play Math
  • Logic Matters
  • Wild About Math
  • The Unapologetic Mathematician
  • Math Notations
  • The Math Mojo Chronicles
  • Homeschool Math Blog
  • Walking Randomly
  • JD2718
  • Terry Tao's Math Blog

The Home of Mathematical Knitting


Sarah-Marie Belcastro, one of the authors of "Making Mathematics with Needlework," describes herself as "a topological graph theorist." She is "also interested in convex and combinatorial geometry, algebraic geometry, topology, algebra, the geometry of paper-folding, and the applications of mathematics to fiber arts (knitting, sewing)..."

Sections include:

  • Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects
  • Mobius Bands
  • Projective Planes
  • Klein Bottles
  • Other Nonorientable Surfaces
  • Orientable Surfaces
  • Hyperbolic Plane
  • S3 Scarf
  • Mini-braids
  • Selected Mathematical Knitting Links
  • Selected Mathematical Other-Fiber-Arts Links
  • Reference List

Belcastro's site also features notes on writing and doing mathematics, group work, and grading rubrics; teaching and research statements; and links for career information, grade school information, differentiation and integration gateway exams, and female mathematicians who have been known to have teal hair.


Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards


The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) recognizes outstanding elementary and secondary grade teachers with the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award.

This program, made possible through the John William Butler Foundation, honors teachers who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in shaping the lives of students and the communities in which they live. It awards three to five public or private school teachers $5,000 cash stipends, plus travel and lodging expenses to the 2008 TMA Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 27-29.

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award program is open to currently licensed, active teachers employed by accredited schools for at least five years. Teachers or other qualified people may submit a nomination. The entry deadline for this year's awards is May 1, 2008.

TMA is the only international nonprofit dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. With nearly 7,800 members in 40 regional chapters, TMA represents a professional community of turnaround practitioners, attorneys, accountants, investors, lenders, venture capitalists, appraisers, liquidators, executive recruiters and consultants.


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