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First Day of School
Math Tools  Mobile Devices
Panamath
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First Day of School
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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 912) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7523248
Math Tools  Mobile Devices
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/cell/ALL,ALL,ALL,j/
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:
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/133734/
If you have a favorite app that you suggest to your mathematics
students, please share it with us:
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/util/resource_submit.html

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 apstat discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2288977
Panamath
http://www.panamath.org/
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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