August 14, 2009
Volume 14 No. 33

In This Issue

Make It Real Learning




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, Courses 1, 2, 3, and 4

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


Make It Real Learning

The Math Forum is pleased to announce a relationship with a new sponsor, Make It Real Learning. Make It Real Learning creates engaging math activities based on real world data. Whether learning about fractions from a chocolate chip cookie recipe or learning about linear functions from a cell phone plan, the activities teach math while answering the question, "When am I ever going to use this?"

Make It Real Learning publishes a free educational newsletter and offers a free 10-activity sampler of some its most popular math activities. Discounted pricing on the 110-activity Activity Library, Volume 1, and the newly released States by the Numbers series are offered to school districts and colleges for volume purchases.

In the months ahead, the Math Forum and Make It Real Learning plan to work together in creating customized educational materials for learners in workforce development programs and professional/technical training programs. By providing learners with the math they need at the time they need it, the Math Forum hopes to help workers increase the on-the-job skills that will allow them to advance in their jobs.


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In addition to the videos, there are extra features:

  • an assessment quiz that recommends videos to match a student's learning style
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  • reports that track student progress


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Browse Retrosheet newsletters (1994-2002) for line-up card disputes, strange and unusual plays, and other quirks that have occurred during the national pastime.


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