24 September, 2010
Volume 15 No. 39
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In This Issue

Macalester Problem of the Week

Whyslopes.com Updated

International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops

Praxis II prep:
Moving to Math


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Macalester Problem of the Week


MacPOW is back! After a semester's hiatus, Stan Wagon, of Macalester College, has resumed posting a mathematics problem to his students every week. The Math Forum posts these problems and keeps an archive of past problems. Over 300 challenging, undergraduate math problems are available in our archive, dating back fifteen years.

Problem previews announced to the macpow mailing list of more than 800 subscribers have led to the publication of several research papers. For subscription instructions, see:


Macalester's Problem of the Week tradition was started in 1968 by the late Professor Joe Konhauser. Professor Wagon took over in 1993. Since the problems are meant to be accessible to first-year college students, very little background is needed to understand or solve them.

Whyslopes.com Updated

Since we last featured the complex numbers section of Alan Selby's site "Appetizers and Lessons for Mathematics and Reason" in March this year, he has added a new section, Mathematics Education Revisited:


Selby has also included a section called POMME: Progressive Observable Motivated Mathematics Education, which he describes as "a two-level program for practical mathematics instruction." Read more about it here:


For all of Selby's pages on high school mathematics and calculus topics, see:


International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness


At this past summer's Sixth International Conference on Creativity in Mathematics Education and the Education of Gifted Students in Riga, Latvia, more than 80 participants from 20 countries established the new International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG).

The group plans to concentrate on:

  • mathematical creativity for all students, from all backgrounds, and of all ages
  • mathematical creativity, aptitude, and achievement
  • mathematical giftedness, talent, and promise
  • mathematical creativity for individuals or teams, inside or outside the classroom
  • mathematics competitions

The group invites those with professional interest in these topics to apply for membership; comments are welcome from any persons with an interest in these topics.


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