5 March, 2010
Volume 15 No. 10

In This Issue

Pi Day Resources

Number Facts

Math Camps and Summer Programs


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

Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For PA teachers preparing for the Praxis II:
Moving to Mathematics, a series of online courses


Pi Day Resources


This year, March 14 falls on a Sunday, so many teachers will honor Pi Day on Friday or Monday instead. If you are looking for some ways to celebrate math in your math class, or if you would like to suggest some school-wide thematic activities, you are certain to find ideas on this page to help you design a Pi Day that students will enjoy.

If honoring pi is not enough of a reason to make this day special, keep in mind that March 14 is also Albert Einstein's birthday!

Pi Day at the Exploratorium


San Francisco's Exploratorium's 22nd annual Pi Day celebration might give you some ideas, even if you're not in the area to party with them.

  • create Pi puns
  • participate in activities, rituals, and Pi-related antics
  • have a slice of pie!

Pi Day also takes place in Second Life, where the Exploratorium runs a virtual museum called 'Splo.




Every working day, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) posts a new positive integer, with a selection of its properties and an illustration or photograph.

What's Special About This Number?


Erich Friedman lists the integers from zero to 9,999, annotating each with one significant mathematical property and color-coordinating by that property's category.

Math Camps and Summer Programs

High School: http://mathforum.org/students/high/opps.html

Middle School: http://mathforum.org/students/middle/opps.html

The Math Forum maintains an annotated list of math camps and summer programs. It links to residential opportunities, some just for girls, in states that include

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington

Many opportunities occuring this summer have application deadlines already coming up soon.


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