11 March, 2011
Volume 16 No. 10
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In This Issue

Summer Workshops for Math Teachers

BLOSSOMS Video Modules

Celebrate Women's History Month


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Summer Workshops for Math Teachers


The Center for Innovative Teaching has announced its summer weekend workshops. Taking place at the Urban School of San Francisco and at Flint Hill School, in Oakton, Virginia, math offerings include

  • Become an Expert Interactive Whiteboard User: Practical teaching techniques
  • No Limits in Upper Level Math: Hands-on and visual approaches to topics in Algebra 2 and Precalculus
  • Meaningful Group Work in the Math Classroom: Applying the Complex Instruction Framework
  • Hands-On Geometry: Labs and activities, plus an authentic approach to proof

Special for subscribers of the Math Forum Internet News: get a 5% discount by using the code MATH2011.

This discount can only be combined with the early bird discount.

Teacher reflection after completing PoW Class Membership Course

"When I first started taking this course, I did not see how it would be possible to use such a complex thinking tool with primary grade students. This course not only illustrated how possible it is, but showed me ways that I could do even more to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and math discourse in my classroom."
- Kimberly, grade 2 teacher

BLOSSOMS Video Modules


The high school lessons in this open repository of interactive modules are not long lectures to be watched passively, but rather video clips that engage teachers in a "teaching duet" with a partner whose own classroom might be a world away.

BLOSSOMS stands for Blended Learning Science or Math Studies. Created by faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and partnering educators in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, the first of BLOSSOMS' active, goal-oriented math modules include

  • Flaws of Averages (MIT)
  • Flu Math Games (MIT and Wellesley College)
  • Guess the Last Ball: An Exercise in Mathematical Modeling (National University of Computer and Emerging Technologies, Lahore, Pakistan)
  • The Juice Seller's Problem (King Abdullah II Schools for Excellence, Irbid, Jordan)
  • The Pythagorean Theorem: Application and Proof (Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan)
  • Taking Walks, Delivering Mail: An Introduction to Graph Theory (MIT)

Engineering and physics videos also integrate math topics in unique ways. English-language videos come with Arabic voice-overs or subtitling. All lessons come with teacher's guides, downloadable hand-outs, and additional resources.

This project, sponsored by MIT's Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC), will soon roll out new features such as video tagging with curriculum standards. BLOSSOMS also plans to solicit new video lessons to extend its open repository. For a guide of what you need to know before submitting your own BLOSSOMS video lesson, visit


In the meantime, BLOSSOMS eagerly invites feedback from teachers. Write blossoms@mit.edu with your experiences and suggestions.

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

"Aaron from Israel Loring Elementary School used another common method. I liked the way he explained that finding a percentage is like finding...."
- Max and Suzanne, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Celebrate Women's History Month


In celebration of Women's History Month, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has posted photographs and brief biographies of notable female mathematicians from its Women of Mathematics poster. Subjects range from Gabrielle du Châtelet, a contemporary of Euler and Voltaire, to female winners of MAA's Putnam Competition.

The complete 36" by 54" poster is available for the cost of shipping and handling. To order, call (800)331-1622 or complete this PDF:


For more resources on gender equity, check out the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library:



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