July 31, 2009
Volume 14 No. 31

In This Issue

New PoWs on the Way!

Math Images

PCMI Policy Briefs

GeorgiaStandards.Org Frameworks


Online PD

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 1

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

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

Problem Solving Strategies

Tools for Building Math Concepts


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

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


New Problems of the Week Software Coming This Week!


A reminder: The Problems of the Week will be unavailable between today and August 4 while we make the transition from the current system to our new improved version. We hope you'll appreciate the upgrade! We have an orientation video ready for class-level members, and other materials in the works.

If you wish you could get more out of your subscription, or if you'd like to make the most of our new software, consider signing up for our professional development online course, PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation. The next session is August 20 through September 30, and you can learn more or sign up here:


Math Images


We featured the beta version last year, but now Math Images is ready for its official launch. The Math Images Project aims to introduce the public to mathematics through beautiful and intriguing images found throughout the fields of math. The images feature resources around the mathematics of the images, including discussions, applets, and other related features.

Undergraduates writing to learn mathematics work on the site with computer science students who have made interactive programs and images to help explain the mathematics. They invite questions, conversations, collaborations, and contributions of images or other resources.

A list of all the tools on the site is here:


The Math Images Project is a wiki collaboration between Swarthmore College, the Math Forum at Drexel University, and the National Science Digital Library.

Policy Briefs from PCMI's International Seminar


The Park City Mathematics Institute hosts a yearly international seminar on Mathematics Education Around the World.

Resources now include more papers and reflections on, among other topics:

  • Reasoning and Proof
  • Problem Solving
  • Preparing Teachers
  • Bridging Policy and Practice: A Focus on Teacher Preparation

For more information on the seminar, see


GeorgiaStandards.Org Frameworks


Frameworks are "models of instruction" designed to support teachers in the implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), but applicable to other standards. The Frameworks consist of curriculum maps, units and tasks in PDF format. They include:

  • examples of student work as benchmarks
  • teacher and student commentary
  • suggestions for teaching and assessment

Choose "Mathematics" and then your grade band from the links on the left side of the page.


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