May 15, 2009
Volume 14 No. 20

In This Issue

Tools for Building Math Concepts

Seasonal Problems of the Week

Graphing Technology Institutes


New!Special Offer
through June 30, 2009 on Problems of the Week class, school, or district memberships when you add a PD online course!


Online PD

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

Problem Solving Strategies

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week


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


Tools for Building Math Concepts

Explore how technology can help students develop fundamental concepts of multiplication, fractions, division and area through the process of generating data and examining patterns in this online workshop from the Math Forum @ Drexel.

Drawing on the benefits of software tools and the strength of human pattern recognition, we will explore ways to address misconceptions and related difficulties that students often run into (e.g. multiplication makes bigger, division makes smaller, comparing unlike terms, confusing area and perimeter).

Program Features:

  • Use online collaborative learning tools and the extensive resources and experience of the Math Forum community.
  • Experience the flexibility of anytime, anywhere online learning.
  • Become accustomed to an online professional development environment.
  • Earn 1.5 Continuing Education credits (fifteen contact hours) from Drexel University.
  • The workshop fee of $50 includes a $25 discount applicable to any of our online PD courses.

Workshops will be offered:

  • May 21 - July 2
  • July 9 - August 20

Register online:

Seasonal Problems of the Week

Are you looking for a problem solving prompt to use with your students that has a seasonal theme?

  • 2836: Two By Canoe
  • 3004: Time Trial Triumphs
  • 3316: Johnny's Orchards
  • 2740: Jimmy's Hits
  • 3412: Poolish Pride
  • 4047: Finding Fireworks
  • 4599: Beach Boys
  • 459: Drawing a Kite Plan
  • 3411: Measuring the Matterhorn
  • 1299: Olympic Softball
  • 3159: The Water in My Pool
  • 3523: Greta's Garden
  • 901: Hot Dog Day!
  • 769: Lawn-Mowing Chore
  • 626: Luscious Lemonade
  • 3068: Sizing Up Sequoias
  • 1262: The Graduating Class
  • 4519: Baseball Cards
  • 3715: Sundaes
  • 3443: A Day at Camp
  • 4571: Ants on a Bun
  • 3527: A Summer Garden
  • 3251: Batter Up!
  • 4955: Counting Shells

If you have a PoW membership that includes access to our Problems Library, view these problems by entering their three- or four-digit numbers to the left of the "Go" button here:

If you have an individual teacher membership that you purchased online, we'd gladly apply your $25 purchase toward the cost of a class membership that would give you access to these Library PoWs. Just call us toll-free during East Coast business hours: (800)756-7823.

If you are not a member, consider signing up for a Trial Account:

During the trial period of twenty-one days, up to five problems may be viewed by either the students or the teacher; students may submit to any of those five problems; and teachers may try out the corresponding Teacher Office to review and respond to their students' work.

Graphing Technology Institutes

This summer, the Department of Mathematics at West Chester University is offering seven institutes about graphing handhelds. Participants may receive three graduate credits or 45 Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours for attending an institute at the university's campus, in West Chester, PA.

Institutes offered July 6th to July 10th:

  • Algebra I using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition
  • Algebra II through Calculus using the TI-Nspire CAS
  • Statistics using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition

Institutes offered July 13th to July 17th:

  • High School Mathematics with the TI-Navigator using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition
  • Pre-Calculus using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and the TI-Nspire
  • Connecting Geometry and Algebra using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and the TI-Nspire
  • Dealing with Data in High School Mathematics and Science using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and the TI-Nspire


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