In This Issue
KenKen® at the Math Forum
Math: What's the Problem?
NAEP Math 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment
Computer Science Education Week
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 Opportunities
Tools for Building Math Concepts
For PA teachers preparing for the Praxis II: Moving to Mathematics, a series of online courses


KenKen® at the Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/kenken/
The Math Forum is excited to partner with Nextoy® to offer a
collection of KenKen puzzles. KenKen is a number puzzle related
to Sudoku, but even more mathematical. We have puzzles ranging
in size from 3x3 to 9x9, at four difficulty levels, with many
combinations of arithmetic operations.
KenKen puzzles offer great opportunities:
 to practice arithmetic skills in new and interesting ways
 to learn and get better at problemsolving strategies
 to work on organizing and communicating mathematical ideas
KenKen puzzles are free with registration. If you're already a Math Forum PoW member, you already have access to KenKen
puzzlesjust use your PoW login information where prompted.
Each puzzle comes with a printerfriendly view, an
interface for submitting your work, and a solution viewable by
teachers. Teachers with class accounts may further view the
work their students submit when solving KenKen puzzles.
We allow uploads in answer submissions, which makes it much
easier to show KenKen work (or even steps, moments of
reflection, etc.). And we offer a tablemaking tool in the
explanation box, for an alternate method of displaying similar
information.
 Introduction to KenKen
 Lesson Plans
 Rules
 Discussion
 Tutorial
Math: What's the Problem?
http://nsf.gov/news/special_reports/math/
International assessments show U.S. math students outperformed
by those in many other countries. This multimedia special
report from the National Science Foundation (NSF) explores
research on the role of teaching, curriculum, and technology
in math education, and demonstrates the importance of math
education to all citizens.
Resources include links to sites supporting the statements:
 Math is Beautiful
 Math is Everywhere
 Math is Useful
NAEP Math 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/12/12082009.html
On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, the Department of Education
released this year's results for mathematics achievement among 4th and 8th graders in key urban districts across the nation.
Results show progress for all districts, but not at the speed
deemed necessary. Read the whole report and Arne Duncan's
comments on it at the link above.
Computer Science Education Week
http://www.csedweek.org/
The materials from Computer Science Education Week (December 612) inspire exploration of the field any time.
 Defining Documents
 Posters, Brochures and Kits
 Reports and Presentations
 Data/Computer Science Facts
 Curriculum
 Programs and Ideas
 Videos
 Contests
Connect with CSEdWeek.com via Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, or
Twitter.


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