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In Memoriam, Tom O'Brien
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In Memoriam, Tom O'Brien
Tom O'Brien died last Monday. In a professional career that
spanned over five decades, O'Brien taught math and researched
how people learn. Along the way, he established mathplace.net
and developed software such as Safari Search, Teasers by
Tobbs, and Blockers and Finders.
O'Brien entrusted the Math Forum with the scanned archives of
his journal Seedbed, now available online:
http://mathforum.org/seedbed/
The Association of Teachers of Mathematics published this
article about O'Brien a couple months ago, summarizing his
ongoing work with math teachers:
http://atm.org.uk/journal/archive/mt219files/ATMMT2190307.pdf
The death of the former NATO Senior Research Fellow in Science
preceded the birthdate of George Pólya by exactly one week. The two
contemporaries met and corresponded on several memorable occasions,
as chronicled with humor, and poignance, in the second of these
personal tributes, originally published in the same UK journal:
http://www.professortobbs.com/articles/Memories_of_George_Polya.pdf

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"This problem was fun. At first I made a big flaw...."

 Munther B, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=3889
Best Evidence Encyclopedia
http://www.bestevidence.org/
The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) rates and summarizes
reviews of math programs such as

The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP)

Everyday Mathematics

Connected Mathematics

Saxon Math

I Can Learn

Jostens/Compass Learning

SuccessMaker

Accelerated Math
Created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's
Center for DataDriven Reform in Education, with funding from
the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education
Sciences, BEE also provides the full text of each review.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"The basic course is called 'lyhyt' (short) and the advanced
course is 'pitkä' (long). If you have other questions [about]
mathematics education in Finland, I will try to answer."

 Antti R, posted to the mathteach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7334745
Expert Voices Gateway
http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/middleschoolmathscience/
Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science points
middle grades teachers to the best resources on the web. With
an archive of posts dating back to February, 2008, the blog
also highlights current events that can serve as teaching
opportunities, with rationales and alignments to national math
and science standards.
Authored by teaching and learning experts from the Ohio State
University, this blog contributes to the Expert Voices (EV)
blogosphere of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). All
EV blogs feature Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) discussions and information of interest for
teachers, students, NSDL Pathways, NSFfunded projects, and
partners.


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