August 21, 2009
Volume 14 No. 34

In This Issue

Midnight Tutor

The Futures Channel

Why It Is Important to Learn Algebra


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


Midnight Tutor

Midnight Tutor posts free videos of "rocket scientists on call" solving your calculus problems. Email <> with your problem and Midnight Tutor will make a new video of it. You may also get a hint or two by return email.

Covered calculus topics include:

  • Precalculus Review
  • Limits
  • Derivatives
  • Integrals
  • Slope Fields and Differential Equations
  • Series
  • Word Problems
  • AP Calculus Test Classic Problems
  • Polar Coordinates
  • Multi-Variable Calculus
  • Lagrange Multipliers
  • Gradient and Partial Derivatives
  • Complex Variables

The Futures Channel

The Futures Channel was founded in 1999 with the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future, and today's learners who will one day succeed them.

Futures Channel videos feature real-world math, science, and technology experiences, designed to motivate students in the study of those disciplines and introduce them to future career possibilities. The Channel offers related lessons for teachers, and videos on Jaime Escalante and Kay Toliver.

Some videos are free. Support the Futures Channel by purchasing a subscription to the new Defined STEM package of videos and lessons, including standards correlations and collaborative features; access to the year's top-rated videos; and packages of videos and lessons.

Why It Is Important to Learn Algebra

This PDF document is a parent/student guide explaining why Algebra I is a required subject, how it helps prepare students for the future, how Algebra I fits into the student's high school math program, and what parents can do to support their student's success in learning algebra. Geared to a California audience, the ideas are applicable in other states as well.

This site has a two-question survey before you can see it. Fill out the survey to enter the site, or click "Ask me later, enter site" (next to the "submit" button) to skip it.

A Spanish version is also available:


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