12 February, 2010
Volume 15 No. 7

In This Issue

Numeracy and Financial Literacy Summer Institute

Free Mentoring Opportunities

T3 International Conference

Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments


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


Numeracy and Financial Literacy Summer Institute


The Math Forum invites teachers of 6th-12th grade mathematics to apply for its Numeracy and Financial Literacy Summer Institute. The institute is part of The Math Forum Enhanced Tools for Financial Literacy, a new comprehensive program that aims to support mathematics teachers as they integrate financial education concepts in the math classroom.

Come collaborate with other mathematics teachers, financial literacy experts, and mathematics education experts:

  • using problem solving to integrate financial literacy into the mathematics classroom
  • the math relevant to financial literacy and how it aligns to the core mathematics curriculum
  • the interconnectedness between mathematical thinking and financial behavior
  • organizing financial literacy resources into a catalog structure useful to mathematics teachers
  • building and sustaining an online community that supports financial literacy and mathematics education
  • supporting and encouraging participants' long-term engagement in The Math Forum Enhanced Tools for Financial Literacy

Stipends and other forms of support will be available for those who stay involved in the program after the institute, including facilitation of workshops built around an outline created at the institute, online forum facilitation, action research, and materials development.

The institute will be held July 27 through August 1, 2010, at the Inn at Penn, near the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia, PA. All travel/hosting/food expenses of participants will be covered.

Apply here by March 1:


Questions? Email finra-institute@mathforum.org

The institute is made possible in part by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Free Mentoring Opportunities


Mentor groups will provide feedback to submitters in upcoming problems opening on these dates:

  • PreAlgPoW, February 15
  • FunPoW and AlgPoW, February 22

Please have your students submit solutions. If they receive replies from a mentor, we hope you'll encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will learn as well!

Trial Class Account


Free 21 day access to Current Problems of the Week and the Problems of the Week Library.

T3 International Conference


The T3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T3 International Conference in Atlanta, March 5 - 6.

Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and demonstration sessions—and visit the Math Forum's booth!

Suzanne Alejandre and Max Ray will staff booth No. 200 in the Exhibit Hall:

  • 10:00 to 5:30, Friday, March 5, 2010
  • 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, March 6, 2010

They look forward to talking with you about the Math Forum in general, and in particular about

  • Professional Development
  • Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  • Problems of the Week (PoWs)
  • Math Tools
  • Dr. Math Books

Suzanne and Max are also leading three sessions this year:

Implementing The Math Forum's Problem-Solving Process with the TI-Nspire (Session 101 - Max Ray)
Montreal Room - International Tower Embassy Level
1:15 - 2:15, Friday, March 5, 2010

Implementing The Math Forum's Problem-Solving Process with the TI-Nspire (Session 284 - Max Ray)
Note: this is a more in-depth, 1.5 hour version of Friday's 1-hour session.
Greenbriar Room - Atlanta Conference Center Level
11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 6, 2010

Math Tools, tPoWs, TI Technology and You! (Session 281 - Suzanne Alejandre)
Courtland Room - Atlanta Conference Center Level
11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 6, 2010

Want to talk about tPoWs inspired by TI, but know you won't be at the conference? Send Suzanne and Max a note so they can contact you! Use the link on this page:


TI also runs two-day Regional Conferences throughout the year. All T3 conferences are open to kindergarten to university educators interested in using educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and world languages.

Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments


Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) is a university consortium sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), dedicated to the operations of scientific facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of freely available seismic data.

It offers presentations, animations and visualizations, related resources and data for recent earthquakes, like the one in Haiti. Here's a sampling from the Haitian quake resources, including recently updated materials:

More lessons and resources are available here:



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