In This Issue
Math Blogs
The Home of Mathematical Knitting
ButlerCooley Excellence in Teaching Awards
Free Online Opportunities
For teachers of students in grades 35: Tools for Building Math Concepts
For teachers of students in grades 59: Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
For all students: tPoWs
For students in grades 910: the MathMentor


Math Blogs
http://www.blogged.com/directory/education/math
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
http://www.toroidalsnark.net/mathknit.html
SarahMarie 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 paperfolding, 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
 Minibraids
 Selected Mathematical Knitting Links
 Selected Mathematical OtherFiberArts 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.
http://www.toroidalsnark.net/
ButlerCooley Excellence in Teaching Awards
http://www.turnaround.org/about/awards.asp
The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) recognizes outstanding elementary and secondary grade teachers with the ButlerCooley 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 2729.
The ButlerCooley 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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