15 January, 2010
Volume 15 No. 3

In This Issue

Job Openings at Key Curriculum Press




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


Job Openings at Key Curriculum Press

Key Curriculum Press has two positions open. Each link provides details of job duties, qualifications, and contact info.

Math Curriculum Specialist
Research & Project Coordinator

The Research and Project Coordinator position relates to two new NSF-funded projects at Key:

Data Games: a three-year project expanding research in students' understanding of data modeling and their ability to learn mathematical content embedded in data-rich contexts, i.e., games embedded in TinkerPlots and Fathom.

Dynamic Number: Using The Geometer's Sketchpad as a starting point, KCP Technologies is developing new software tools to deepen students' conceptions of integers, fractions, decimals, real numbers, and early algebra in grades 2-8 mathematics. These tools are accompanied by 40 supporting classroom activities as well as a six-week online professional development course for teachers.

PUMAS: Practical Uses of Math and Science


PUMAS is a collection of brief examples, written primarily by scientists, engineers, and other content experts, showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including every-day life. The project's goal is to capture the flavor of the vast experience that working scientists have with interesting and practical uses of math and science.

  • Examples: each is reviewed by a minimum of one teacher and one scientist
  • Contributors: how to create an example
  • Reviewers: how to review an example
  • Benchmarks: help finding benchmarks for your example
  • Examples Wanted: here teachers can make requests and contributors can find ideas
  • Help: contacts and assistance using the site



TryEngineering.org is a resource for students (ages 8-18), parents, teachers and school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, designed to help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be part of their future.

  • descriptions of the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, and of the different disciplines within engineering
  • hands-on experiments and activities
  • referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities
  • search tools for schools that offer engineering programs
  • tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid
  • questions answered by engineering students in universities and practicing engineers
  • teaching resources
  • information about school accreditation
  • description of plans, organizations, and programs helpful in planning and preparing students to develop a future career in engineering

TryEngineering.org is a joint effort between IEEE, IBM and the New York Hall of Science.


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