January 23, 2009
Volume 14 No. 4

In This Issue

Online PD Course

IAS/PCMI Applications Deadline

T^3 International Conference


Online PD

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week


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


Online PD Course:
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week


This course is designed for current subscribers of the Problem of the Week who want to make the most of their membership. Course activities include submitting your own answers to and analyzing math in the Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week (FunPoW), guiding your students through the solution and submission process, and sharing ideas and reflections with classmates.

Led by Claire Mead, this course is scheduled to span six weeks, February 19 through April 1. Participants will have some flexibility within each week but are expected to complete the activities during the assigned week. Registration closes at 5 pm on Friday, February 13, 2009.

View more description and the syllabus:


All individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from Drexel University's School of Education indicating that they have completed 15 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Current price for this course is $149 for current Problem of the Week members at Class level or higher, or $174 for non-members (course plus Class Membership access during the six week course).

IAS/PCMI Applications Deadline


January 28, 2009 is the deadline for applications for the Park City Mathematics Institute's Secondary Teacher 2009 Summer Program.

The Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), organized through the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton, NJ, offers teachers three weeks of engaging in mathematics, reflecting on what it means to teach, and working with colleagues on projects for classroom use.

In addition, the activities build in interaction between PCMI's programs for mathematicians and teachers; a great opportunity to talk with research mathematicians about what they do and a great way to spend part of the summer.

Applications and more information:


Reflections about the Secondary School Teachers Program from the PCMI@MathForum site:


T^3 International Conference


The T^3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T^3 International Conference in Seattle, February 27 - March 1, 2009.

Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and demonstration sessions--and visit the Math Forum's booth!


Suzanne Alejandre and Lillian Ray will staff booth No. 503 in the Exhibit Hall:

  • 10:00 to 6:00, Friday, February 27, 2009
  • 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, February 28, 2009

They are looking forward to talking with you about the Math Forum, in general, and in particular about

  • Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  • Professional Development
  • Math Tools
  • Dr. Math Books

Suzanne is also leading Session 227 at the conference, titled "Math Tools, tPoWs, TI Technology and You!" The session is on Saturday, February 28, 11:15 - 12:45 in Room 616, sixth floor.

Want to talk about tPoWs inspired by TI, but know you won't be at the conference? Send Suzanne and Lillian a note so they can contact you! Use the link on this page:


TI also runs two-day Regional Conferences throughout the year. All T^3 conferences are open to kindergarten to university educators interested in using educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and world languages.


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