13 May, 2011
Volume 16 No. 19
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What Ignites the Math Forum?

Winners of the 2011 USA Mathematical Olympiad

TIMSS Videos: Bookmarking Now Available


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Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


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What Ignites the Math Forum?


Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes us passionate? What IGNITES us?

Now you can find out: three of us spoke at Key Curriculum's Ignite event at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Each speaker had 5 minutes to "talk about whatever lights them up," using 20 slides that auto- advanced every 15 seconds ... whether they were ready or not.

Watch our Indianapolis videos — often funny, sometimes poignant, definitely breathless:

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

"The only thing I understood about the problem was that we were trying to find the coordinates. However, Greg knew that we had to use slope intercept form to find the slope of the equations given. Greg learned a little more about the problem before he taught me."
- Courtney and Greg, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Winners of the 2011 USA Mathematical Olympiad


Earlier this week, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) announced the 2011 winners of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).

These 12 outstanding high school math students will attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., then travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). After in-depth training in mathematical problem solving there, they will vie to represent the U.S. at the 2011 International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 16-24.

The MAA American Mathematics Competitions website offers

  • the six-question exam tackled by this year's winners
  • a reading list to prepare your students to participate in future olympiads
  • information about the Edyth May Sliffe Awards for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching
  • USAMO resources in French
  • details about all of the MAA's competitions, including the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO), which bridges the computational focus of the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) and the proof orientation of the USAMO


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Being an Advanced Placement reader is very desirable, I was told. Being a reader will make you a better teacher, I was told. Now, I heard that from numerous AP teachers, and I accepted it on faith, but it wasn't until after last year's reading that I really understood it. I came away from last year's reading with a better understanding of how and why questions are created for the exam, a better understanding of just what is being tested, and, most importantly, a much better understanding of how students understand, or misunderstand, calculus. This all has had impact on how I teach, and I'm grateful for it."
- Allen, posted to the ap-calculus discussion group

TIMSS Videos: Bookmarking Now Available


timssvideo.com has rolled out another new feature: the ability to mark the beginning and end of a video clip, as well as annotate it. When viewing a video lesson, just look under the video window for a button labelled "Create Bookmark."

After you create a bookmark, it appears on the right, in a new tab called Bookmarks, which organizes all your bookmarks for that lesson. Click on a bookmark's Play button to play just the video segment.

Complete the free registration to access these video lessons from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The 28 full-length videos of eighth-grade mathematics lessons hail from Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.

timssvideo.com is a project of UCLA and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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