30 October, 2009
Volume 14 No. 44

In This Issue

Free Mentoring Opportunities

Math Forum at CMC-South

Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics

Math Matters, Apply It!


Online PD

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

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 Opportunities


Mentor groups will provide feedback to submitters in upcoming problems opening on these dates:

  • PreAlgPoW, November 2 and 16
  • FunPoW, November 9

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!

Trial Class Account


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

The Math Forum @ Drexel at CMC-South


Coming to Palm Springs next weekend? Drop by the Math Forum booth in the Exhibit Hall to meet Suzanne Alejandre, Math Forum Director of Professional Development, and Marie Hogan, math teacher at Traweek Middle School in West Covina, and long-time user of the Math Forum.

Suzanne and Marie will present a session together on Saturday:

The Math Forum @ Drexel: People Learning Math Together
The Math Forum, home of Ask Dr. Math, has been the leading online resource for improving mathematics learning, teaching, and communication since 1992. What does this community offer you and your students?

Session 740
For teachers of grades 3-12
1:15 - 2:45 Saturday
Convention Center, Primrose D

For more about the conference, visit CMC's conference page:


Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics


Launched this month, the refereed journal Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics (TEEM) will be published at least once yearly by TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, and available via membership in TODOS. The intended audience of this journal is educators, leaders, administrators, and practitioners at all levels.

TEEM seeks submissions that

  • delve simultaneously into excellence and equity
  • connect research to classroom practice
  • directly inform the practice of teachers or professional developers
  • align with the mission of TODOS: to advocate for an equitable and high quality mathematics education for all students--in particular, Hispanic/Latino students--by increasing the equity awareness of educators and their ability to foster students' proficiency in rigorous and coherent mathematics.

See a sample from the debut issue here:


Math Matters, Apply It!


The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has created a mathematics awareness campaign about the mathematics behind the technologies we encounter in everyday life. Free one-page PDF flyers are appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school students.

The Math Matters fliers currently cover the math behind:

  • Renewable Wind Energy
  • Earthquake Simulations
  • X-ray Crystallography
  • Vaccination
  • Immunology
  • Sand and Dune Motion
  • Image Compression
  • Statistics in Sports
  • Supercomputing
  • Speeding Up the Internet
  • Cardiology and Heart Attacks
  • Stopping and Preventing Fires
  • Digital Face Recognition
  • Using DNA
  • Digital Animation
  • CD's and Anti-skip Technology

SIAM encourages you to share your ideas for future flyers.


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