29 January, 2010
Volume 15 No. 5

In This Issue

IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2010

Intel Schools of Distinction

SEED Math Puzzles

Polynomial Plot


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


IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2010


The 2010 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute will be held in Park City, Utah, from June 27 - July 17, 2010. Learn more about this three-week residential program, financial support, and credits, at the PCMI site above. The Secondary School Teachers Program information is here:


The Math Forum hosts information on the K-12 programs here:


Deadline for submission of applications for all programs is January 31, 2010. The IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute is an outreach program of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey.

Intel Schools of Distinction


Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools that demonstrate 21st century teaching and learning environments that promote excellence in math and science with the Intel Schools of Distinction awards. To be considered, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards.

The contest deadline is 17 February. Learn more and download an application from the site:


SEED Math Puzzles


Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, Inc. (SEED) offers creative math puzzles, with solutions. Puzzle categories include:

  • Number Sense
  • Arithmetic
  • Probability
  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry, Spatial Reasoning, and Visualization
  • Topology
  • Logic
  • Combinatorics
  • Miscellaneous

The site is also available in Arabic, Russian, and Chinese, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

SEED is a volunteer-based, non-profit education program focused on underserved communities where Schlumberger people live and work. Sclumberger is an oilfield services provider. Learn more about SEED on its home page:


Polynomial Plot


John Baez's weekly column about mathematical physics recently featured a host of fantastic images: plots of the roots of polynomials with integer coefficients. Scientific American contributing writer John Matson took notice, and wrote up an article with a slide show:


See more of Baez's weekly postings about mathematical physics on his site:


A recent thread on the mathedcc discussion, hosted at the Math Forum, brought these beautiful plots to our attention:



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