23 July, 2010
Volume 15 No. 30

In This Issue

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

David Blackwell, 1919-2010

Conceptua Math


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


Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
...one step at a time


Register now for this two-week intensive professional development course with the Math Forum, which runs July 29 - August 13.

In this course we will examine a continuum of student work from the Math Forum's Problems of the Week archive. Selected work will include a range of examples from "not knowing how to start" to "It's perfect. What could I possibly say to her?" We will consider specific ways to move students' thinking along this continuum.

PoW membership is not required for this course. However, you can save $79 off the cost of the course if you choose to purchase or renew a PoW Class membership by July 31st.

David Blackwell, 1919-2010


Statistician David Harold Blackwell died Thursday, July 8. He was the first tenured black professor at UC Berkeley, and contributed to many fields beyond statistics, such as probability theory, game theory and information theory. Known as a passionate teacher, Blackwell also influenced the field of engineering, independently inventing dynamic programming and developing the theorem of renewal.

The resources listed at the end of the above page are worth exploring, especially the interview excerpts from the National Visionary Leadership Project:


In these videos, Blackwell speaks candidly about his family background, the racial segregation he faced, the teachers who inspired him, his career in general and at specific institutions, the rising numbers of black mathematicians, and his advice for African American youth.

Conceptua Math


Conceptua Math is a commercial company offering software and professional development for mathematics education. Two segments of its site are currently available for free: Fractions Tools, which consist of problems and standards-aligned lessons on fractions; and accompanying Student Activities, which offer teachers support in real time and give students feedback dynamically.

Sample these resources before the end of summer; by autumn, the Student Activities will require payment for access.


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