July 3, 2009
Volume 14 No. 27

In This Issue

New Online PD Courses

NCTM: Let the Summer Games Begin

Academic Exchange Quarterly: Call for Papers


Online PD

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week

Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 1

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 2

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

Resources & Strategies for Effective Math in Context (MiC) Implementation

Problem Solving Strategies


Free Online

Tools for Building Math Concepts

For PA teachers preparing for the Praxis II:
Moving to Mathematics, a series of online courses


New Online PD Courses


We have posted our fall and winter schedules of online professional development courses:

We also recently added these new courses to our offerings:

Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners


  • September 17 - October 28, 2009
  • February 11 - March 24, 2010

Rich problems invite a variety of solution strategies. They provide an effective vehicle for accommodating a range of levels and learning styles, and for addressing the NCTM Process Standards as well! We will share strategies for using problem solving to build skills and concepts for struggling students and to provide challenge for those who soar.

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 1


  • September 17 - October 28, 2009
  • January 21 - March 3, 2010

This course will provide teachers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of topics and student learning in geometry and measurement and the problem solving process. Teachers will discuss their own solutions to problems about perimeter, area, volume, and properties of triangles. Exploration will include the use of interactive applets and dynamic geometry software. Teachers will analyze student work to discover strengths and weaknesses in order to make more effective instructional decisions.

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 2


  • November 5 - December 16, 2009
  • March 11 - April 21, 2010

This course is similar to Course 1, but will involve problems about symmetry in the plane, circles, and similarity. Note that Course I is not a prerequisite for Course II, but it's recommended that teachers take Course I before Course II if at all possible.

NCTM: Let the Summer Games Begin


Don't let your brain shrivel over the summer! NCTM offers resources for teachers and students, including games, puzzles, webquests (parabolic solar cooker, anyone?), professional development, and opportunities to write, review, and present.

Calculation Nation


Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students from anywhere in the world challenge each other. At the same time, students are able to challenge themselves by investigating significant mathematical content and practicing fundamental skills at the elementary and middle grades levels. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.

Calculation Nation is part of NCTM's Illuminations project:


Academic Exchange Quarterly: Call for Papers


Academic Exchange Quarterly announces a call for papers on K-16 mathematics education for its Winter 2009 issue.

The theme is "Engaging Mathematics Students as Holistic Learners." Early submissions accepted through the end of August, 2009. Submission guidelines and further information are discussed on the site, as well as contact information for further questions.


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