19 August, 2011
Volume 16 No. 33
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First Day of School

Math Tools - Mobile Devices



Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

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Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


First Day of School


What do you do on the first day of school?

Check out these techniques, "openers," literature connections, and other suggestions from the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"This discussion is precisely why I am alarmed about the new Core. At the high school level I really don't see much in the way of what I am supposed to teach. I get that students need to be problem solvers, persistent, etc. and am on board with that, but unless we know more about the skills needed to solve these problems, students will be continually penalized by the system. Here is an example on the Algebra 2/Trig exam that actually involved a skill I KNEW needed to be taught...."
- Eleanor, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Math Tools - Mobile Devices


The Math Forum's Math Tools site now includes tools, activities, lesson plans, tPoWs, and support material for Android phones, iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices. Join the community to discuss, rate, and review resources, such as Key Curriculum Press' free new Sketchpad Explorer for the iPad:


If you have a favorite app that you suggest to your mathematics students, please share it with us:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"My Assistant Principal last night asked me to help our new teacher with intro to stats. Since I teach AP stats I must have pacing to Intro to Stats. If anyone has any pacing and anything else, can you help me with this?"
- Scott, posted to the ap-stat discussion



Panamath presents you with a simple task: after seeing a random number of colored dots flash on screen for 600 milliseconds (0.6 seconds), decide whether you saw more blue dots or yellow dots.

More than 100,000 people as young as 2 years of age have already taken the test. Your performance indicates your basic gut sense for numbers — and, according to recent research from the Johns Hopkins University team behind Panamath, correlates with your mastery of formal school mathematics.

Come measure your number sense — your intuitive recognition of numbers and their relationships — by estimating quantities online or with the free download. Panamath, which has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), also offers classroom tips for giving the test, example studies, and journal articles.

The "pana" in Panamath stands for Psychological Assessment of Numerical Ability, an acronym that "also highlights how the approximate number system is found everywhere -- in people and in animals all over the world."


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