18 September, 2009
Volume 14 No. 38

In This Issue

Free Mentoring, PoWs Calendar

Updated PD Schedule

NOVA Podcasting

Education.com Math Activities and Games

Noetic Learning Math Contest


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


Free Mentoring, PoWs Calendar


A mentor group will be providing feedback to submitters in upcoming problems opening on these dates:

  • GeoPoW, September 21
  • FunPoW and AlgPoW, October 12
  • PreAlgPoW, October 19

Please have your students submit solutions. If they receive replies from a mentor, we hope you'll encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will learn as well!

We have reformatted the page of PoW support documents to serve as a calendar, so you can see when problems are active and when free mentoring opportunities are available.


Trial Class Account


Free 21 day access to Current Problems of the Week and the Problems of the Week Library.

Updated PD Schedule

We have rescheduled one of our online professional development courses. Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners will now be offered October 1 to November 11. Participants will explore strategies for using problem solving to build skills and concepts for struggling student and to provide challenge for those who soar. Participants should expect to spend 3-5 hrs per week on the course.

Who: Teachers of grades 3-8 with classroom accounts.

Participation requires Problem of the Week membership at the Class level or higher. Non-members or Individual Teacher members may purchase the necessary access at a discounted rate.

Registration deadline: Sept 25, 5 pm Eastern

For more, see:


NOVA Podcasting


Podcasts from the producers of the award-winning science documentary show.

  • NOVA Podcast: expanding on topics from the T.V. programs
  • NOVA scienceNOW podcast: conversations with scientists and science journalists
  • NOVA Vodcast: video podcasts
  • NOVA E = mc2 podcast: ten explanations of Einstein's famous equation

Education.com Math Activities and Games


Activities and games for the classroom, from pre-school through high school. Browse by grade level, or search for a topic.

Noetic Learning Math Contest, Fall 2009


Noetic Learning sponsors an online math contest on October 15. The contest is for students in grades 2 to 5, and there is no cost to participate. Sponsors or team leaders must register by October 9. See site for more details.


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