10 December, 2010
Volume 15 No. 50
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In This Issue

Holiday Shopping with The Math Forum

Online Professional Development

Problem Solving — It Has to Begin with Noticing and Wondering


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


Holiday Shopping with The Math Forum


Shopping online with Amazon.com or Target this holiday season? Start at mathforum.org, and with one small initial step, you can help sustain the Math Forum.

Just bookmark or select our page as a "favorite" in your browser. The next time you start to shop online, first click through the "amazon.com" or "Target" icons on our page. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you.

For as little as $5, Amazon.com sells our Ask Dr. Math books, which present algebra and geometry as a series of questions and answers drawn from our ask-an-expert service:


Enter the coupon code at the top of Make It Real Learning's page to save 31% on our partner's workbooks, which normally start at $5:


The MIRL Activity Library contains engaging activities that demonstrate everyday applications of mathematics. From baking chocolate chip cookies to choosing a cell phone plan, the activities provide learners with valuable life skills in addition to mathematical understanding. Each workbook contains 10 activities and worked out solutions.

States by the Numbers are MIRL's real-data math adventures across the United States. Learn about your favorite state by delving into place values, rounding, estimation, fractions, and percentages. Each workbook includes basic instructions and 80 practice problems. Additionally, the "What's the big idea?" pages give learners the opportunity to reflect on the things they've learned.

Thank you for your help!

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"At first I thought that the shorter route would cost less. It was then when I saw that...."
- Nagahiro A, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Online Professional Development


Four Math Forum professional development courses begin next month:

  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation
  • Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement
  • Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Again, this is awesome, thanks to all you who are willing to share your expertise, makes life much easier for those of us new to the game."
- Danny, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Problem Solving — It Has to Begin with Noticing and Wondering


Middle school teacher Marie Hogan observed as the Forum's Director of Professional Development modeled a full cycle of the PoWs in Hogan's West Covina (CA) classroom. The article that Hogan and Suzanne Alejandre co-authored about their experience appears in this month's issue of the CMC ComMuniCator, the journal of the California Mathematics Council.

Their article joins several others about implementing problem solving and writing:



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