New Features in the Problems of the Week
The Activity Series provides a framework and classroom
activities to develop problem solving strategies and
mathematical communication. This coherent sequence runs in parallel with the Current Problems of the Week, but can be used with other non-routine problems of your choosing.
This year we've added an option to print the scenario without
the question to solve. This supports our popular "Noticing and Wondering" approach, described in the first "Understanding the Problem" activities and in our article (PDF format):
We've also added a student worksheet to help organize their work.
Math Forum Professional Development Courses
We have a new round of professional development courses starting September 17. The first two courses below are designed to help Problem of the Week members make the most of their PoW memberships.
- PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective
- Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to
Reach All Learners
- Problem Solving Strategies
To register, please visit the
Math Forum's main professional development page:
Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students,
and parents. Create and print customized word searches,
criss-crosses, and other math puzzles using your vocabulary
Make your own Math Squares or Number Blocks, or try your hand
at a Math Mind Game.
NASA CERES Project
The CERES Project is the Center for Educational RESources.
Through funding from NASA, faculty at Montana State University
and classroom teachers from across the nation have developed an
extensive library of on-line and interactive K-12 science
education materials for teaching astronomy. In addition, CERES
has developed several on-line NASA data search engines, listed
on the site under "Classroom Resources."
Educational activities fall into one of these NASA themes:
- The Sun-Earth Connections
- The Search for Origins
- Structure and Evolution of the Universe
- Exploration of the Solar System