7 January, 2011
Volume 16 No. 1
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Math Forum Workshop: Financial Education in the Math Classroom

Between the Folds

Conference: Escape from the Textbook!


Online PD


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Moving to Math


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Math Forum Workshop: Financial Education in the Math Classroom


Drawing on Math Forum resources and expertise, participants in this workshop will engage with problem solving, software, and technology tools as they explore financial education content and teaching strategies.

This workshop, organized into three 2-week modules on the BlackBoard course platform, runs February 3 – March 16. Assignments will be given with deadlines, but participation will be asynchronous.

Register now:


This program is made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

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

"1st step: My experience tells me that it would be easier for me to find the answer with...."
- Duyen, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Between the Folds


On Tuesday, January 18th, Between the Folds returns to PBS television affiliates. This documentary explores the science, art, creativity, and ingenuity of origami by chronicling the stories of ten leading paperfolders and their works of art.

When honoring it for excellence in electronic media last year, the Peabody Awards program described the hour-long movie as an "exhilarating, awe-inspiring study."

PBS's online content includes "Match the Folds," an interactive game that presents three finished works of origami alongside the fold pattern for one of them, and challenges you to correctly pair up the before-and-after.

For more about the documentary, including awards, press coverage, and DVDs — available in versions with Spanish, German, or Italian subtitles — visit the site of filmmakers Green Fuse Films:


All proceeds from sales of the DVD, now discounted 20% off the regular price, go towards the production costs of the film.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"My students want to know why the College Board has an acorn as a symbol? Anyone know the official reason?"
- Alicia, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Conference: Escape from the Textbook!


Henri Picciotto's teacher network for off-book activities, announced here in October, has its first conference on Saturday, February 12, in San Francisco.

Register now for

  • strategies to complement or replace textbook units
  • connections with like-minded teachers
  • ongoing multischool collaboration groups

Jo Boaler, author of What's Math Got To Do With It?, will deliver a talk entitled "The Many Colors of Algebra — Engaging Disaffected Students through Collaboration and Agency." Paul Zeitz, author of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, will deliver a talk entitled "Games, Investigation, and Problem Solving."

Sponsoring organizations the Independent Curriculum Group, the Center for Innovative Teaching (a program of the Urban School of San Francisco), and Math for America (UC Berkeley) "hope participants will bring artifacts from their schools, as well as burning questions and dilemmas."


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